The ram fleece assessment service costs nothing and is a simple method of obtaining expert information about the wool quality of your rams with minimal effort on your part. Just send fleeces for assessment with the rest of your clip for grading, taking care to pack and mark them separately. After assessment you will receive a report covering the strength, staple, handle and colour of the fleeces which can be used at sale time as evidence of the animal's fleece quality for breeding.
Start by arranging the 'On-the-Hoof' assessment for the most comprehensive and accurate information about the fleece quality on your animals. This will assist you to select breeding stock and certificates of recommendation will add selling value to your animals. For a small fee a number of rams can be assessed. The Appraiser will be looking for the overall quality of the wool and paying particular attention to the evidence of coloured fibres and Kemp.
Breeding For Better Wool
Kemp is a brittle white, grey or red fibre, produced during the growth of the wool, which is difficult to dye. Kemp occurs in most hill breeds and excessive kemp is usually the result of indiscriminate breeding of crossbred sheep.
Irregular thickness and length of fibres is usually a result of poor selection for crossing and too much mixed blood, i.e. breeding crosses with crosses. Of course older sheep produce poorer wool.
Grey & Black Fibres
Grey, black and red fibres restrict the dyeing range to darker shades. Found in many of the fine woolled and hill breeds. Selective breeding can help eradicate this problem.