Walking into the Junior Barn during the Breeding Wool Breeds Sheep Show is a very interesting experience. There is a lot of diversity in the types of sheep in the barn.
From coloring to wool textures, each of the breeds have various uses and benefits to using their wool. These breeds include Columbia, Corriedale, Merino, and Rambouilliette.
Wool is a widely used product throughout the world – from clothing like socks and sweaters to blankets and carpet.
According to the Purdue Animal Science website, the benefits of wool include wrinkle and flame resistant, durability, and moisture repellant.
Gathering wool is a painless process for the sheep. Skilled producers will use shears to separate the hair from the skin. The fleece will be cleaned and processed to make a final product. The sheep will grow another coat and the same process will happen each year.