Delaney has been studying a 4-H, Sheep Resource Book for Market and Breeding Projects.
I noticed that they had a section on wool. I love reading about wool, so I browsed through the information they offered. It list all of the reasons why we should love wool, such as
- holds shape and will regain shape even after stretching
- resist wrinkling and sagging
- is absorbent
- great insulator.
A great list! I could even add a few more..
Then they list the reject conditions for wool which include: Seedy and Chaffy wool, Burry wool, wool with manure tags, tender wool, and colored wool.
It is true that natural colored (any color but white) wool is not desirable in the wool markets (co-op and wool pools) because it cannot be dyed. But here at Mitten State Sheep & Wool, we love our natural colored sheep and their curly locks. We do not sell our wool through the standard markets. We sell our wool to Fiber Enthusiast, who like us, love natural colored wool (which is anything but white) and all it has to offer.
Just one of the many differences between the commerical wool industry and the cottage wool industry.
(We love our white sheep too)