Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Top Two Complaints of American Wool

The top two complaints of American wool are poly and colored fiber contamination. Color-fiber contamination can be reduced by sorting sheep prior to shearing by wool type and keeping belly wool, stained wool, and locks separate from fleece wool.

Poly contamination from hay baling twine and plastic tarps is the single largest complaint by users of U.S. wool. Producers can reduce contamination by picking up and disposing of poly twine, not using it for temporary repairs, and eliminating the use of poly tarps at shearing time.

The minimum preparation level for U.S. wool is to keep fleece wool, belly wool, and tags separate for marketing.

Source: Sheep Industry News, November 2006

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