Selecting and Raising Sheep for Wool

Sandy Hevener shares her knowledge of selecting and raising sheep for wool, includes information on wool grades, a wool glossary, selecting breeds, protecting sheep from predators and how to shear a sheep.



Raising sheep for wool.
Raising sheep for wool.
SANDY HEVENER
Chart: wool grades.
Chart: wool grades.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Fine crimp and staple length of wool before shearing.
Fine crimp and staple length of wool before shearing.
SANDY HEVENER
Selecting and raising sheep for wool.
Selecting and raising sheep for wool.
PHOTO: SANDY HEVENER
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A small barn with built-in feeders and walls provides sheep protection.
A small barn with built-in feeders and walls provides sheep protection.
SANDY HEVENER
Sheepcovers help to keep wool clean.
Sheepcovers help to keep wool clean.
SANDY HEVENER
Border collie fetches ewes from the barn on shearing day.
Border collie fetches ewes from the barn on shearing day.
SANDY HEVENER
Sarah Beamer, a professional shearer, makes several smooth body length cuts before the fleece starts to roll off the ewe in a single piece.
Sarah Beamer, a professional shearer, makes several smooth body length cuts before the fleece starts to roll off the ewe in a single piece.
SANDY HEVENER
Attached to the right clipper head, this 13 tooth, flared comb is the ideal tool for shearing fine wool.
Attached to the right clipper head, this 13 tooth, flared comb is the ideal tool for shearing fine wool.
SANDY HEVENER
Beamer removes another ewe's heavy winter coat.
Beamer removes another ewe's heavy winter coat.
SANDY HEVENER
Barbara Gentry, shepherd and spinner, weaves a wool rug on a drugget, or barn loom.
Barbara Gentry, shepherd and spinner, weaves a wool rug on a drugget, or barn loom.
SANDY HEVENER
Selecting and raising sheep for wool.
Selecting and raising sheep for wool.
PHOTO: SANDY HEVENER

















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