Lambs wool is graded as it is received and paid for on the same basis as fleece wool.
This allows us to spread the sale of Lambs wool through the year and ensures that producers receive fair value.
Second Shear Wool
British Wool produces 3 grades of second shear (Medium, Romney and Mule).
In order to be classed as second shear the wool must have sufficient staple length; wool that is shorn too short has very limited commercial value. In order to be graded as “Second Shear” rather than “Locks” the wool should generally have at least four month’s growth.
As a minimum the staple length should be 7.5cm (3 inches) and generally 10cm (4 inches).
Any wool shorter than this is liable to be graded as locks and producers will be paid accordingly.