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The Romny Fleece

"The Romney fleece is unique among all breeds of sheep in the way it combines several important traits. The fleece is lustrous; it hangs in separate locks, with minimal cross fibers between the locks. It is also high yielding and easily spun. Uniformity of crimp from the butt to the tip of a lock is also typical of the breed. Romney wool has the finest fiber diameter of all the longwool breeds; the spinning count may run from 40 to 48 which is 38.0 to 31.0 microns. Ideally, the spinning count of the fleece is consistent over the entire body.

Fleeces from mature ewes will weigh from eight to twelve pounds (3.6-5.4 kg). It is the low grease content of Romney wool that makes it a very light shrinking fleece upon washing, and consequently high yielding with a range in yield from 65 to 80%.

The long, lustrous fleece, hanging in separate locks, also makes a white or natural colored Romney fleece especially attractive to those who practice the ancient art of handspinning. The fleece is easily spun in the grease or after washing and carding, and readily takes dye. The natural black, gray, silver and brown colors of the natural colored Romneys are frequently among the most sought after fleeces at shows and sales. A handspinning-quality fleece may often sell for three to ten times what a commercial buyer would pay for it."

Remus Rita Rhonda
Runty Seneca Rosie
Rodney Romulus  
Link
American Romney Breeders Assn:
http://www.americanromney.org/

Anchorage Farms:
http://www.americanromney.org/anchoragefarm/

Spring Lambing (2009):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR4gccFDz_0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEhXLjYpa-8
 
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