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PURPOSE To describe the procedures for preparing animals for shearing, shearing, processing and skirting fleece after shearing, labeling and shipping to the coop. GENERAL Preparing fleeces correctly not only provides the coop with a higher quality product, but also reduces waste, shipping costs and time at the various sorting events. PREPARING THE ANIMAL FOR SHEARING Assure the fiber length is between 3 and 6 inches. Any fiber shorter or longer will be rejected by the processor as the machinery cannot handle it. Make sure the fiber is not heavily matted. Matted fibers cannot be processed. Pick or brush out any large debris. Blow out the fiber as thoroughly as possible. This will result in a cleaner fleece and also save wear and tear on shearing blades.
SHEARING AND FURTHER PROCESSING Shear the prime fleece (blanket and hips), taking care to avoid second cuts and the belly wool. Place the prime fleece in a container. Next shear the neck wool. If it is useable, bag it separately from the prime fleece. Skirt out any remaining matts and soiled portions of the fiber, including belly and leg wool – discard these. Once skirted, if possible blow out the fiber one more time, removing the remaining dust and dirt. Bag each fleece separately and label with Farm ID and date of shearing. Please do not mix fiber grades or colors. If possible deliver to designated individuals within your region. If fiber cannot be delivered, please contact the Fiber BOD designee on where to ship the fiber. If shipping, excess air can be vacuumed out of the bags by applying the vacuum with a nylon hose over the end to the bag before tying closed. This will save on shipping costs and allow fiber to be better compacted.
________________________________________ Debi Garvin