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A female sheep is called a ewe A baby sheep is called a lamb A castrated male is called a wether A male sheep is called a ram
Teeth areImportant Just like you and I, lambs have milk teeth when they are very young. Sheep do not have upper front teeth. Sheep have 32 permanent teeth. Sheep are aged by their teeth.
sheep are unlike you and mesystem
FACT! Your hair grows 10 How Does mm per month Wool grows on average 6mm per Wool Grow? month Wool grows like human hair outwards from the skin. How long a fleece will grow is dependant on factors such as the environment and nutrition There is enough wool on the average adult sheep to make 3 mens suits, 6 dresses or 70 pairs of socks
How is wool processed?Scouring Carding Combing Spinning Dyeing Weaving Knitting
ColourWool growers usually exclude black sheep from their flocks as not only is their dark fleece hard to dye, but it may contaminate the bright white fleeces we can dye these amazing colours!
Shearing Most sheep are shorn once a year. It takes around 3 minutesfor a shearer to shear a sheep. 60 minutes / 3 minutes x an 8 hour working day = 160 sheep!
The first bits shorn off are around the head andbelly. These par ts are usually a bit stained and are kept separate from the rest of the fleece.
Shearing a wether… Starring Skeet, my poddy lamb all grown up!
The Shearing Process
Shed Duties The rouseabout helps the classerskir t the fleece, sweep the floors and pen up more sheep for the shearer. The wool classer assesses (classes) the skir ted fleece and places it in the appropriate wool bin. The wool presser takes the wool from the wool bin and presses it into wool bales. Mum- bakes all of the yummybiscuits and cakes for smoko!
BloopersJust like you might find some funny things in yourcereal box other people have foundStrange things in their wool bales! Tea towels Spanners Clothes Babies- don’t worry, it was okay! Work boots Hammers
Did you know? It takes 50 skir ted fleeces to fill a wool bale! Most wool bales weigh in the range of 170-190 kilograms. That’s more than a few of you and I!
Wool Fibres Woolfibres naturally group together as they grow from the sheep’s skin. These groups are called staples! Wool fibres growth with a natural crimp which gives wool its elasticity. Merino and crossbred wool staples.
Micron Wool What is a micron?The measurement used to express the diameter of awool fibre.Microns are TINY! A micrometre one millionth of ametre! Fine wool Less than 20 microns Medium wool 20-23 microns Strong wool` More than 23 microns
Wool Value- Where does my wool sitin the market? Fibre diameter- how many microns? Yield Staple length- length of wool fibres measured in millimetres. Colour- white and cream wool can be dyed any colour! Staple strength- amount of force required to break the wool fibre affects the way wool can be processed and what it is used for.
Wool makes you look the top of your game! Miranda Kerr Copenhagen spor ting wool! Fashion Week
…And feel it too!The natural oil in wool thatcoats each fibre and gives itimpor tant insulationproper ties is calledlanolin.This stuff is GREAT foryour skin!
What things do YOU thinkare made from wonderful wool?
Other Things Made From Wool Felt tip pens Doonas Insulation in roofs of houses Felt hats Tennis ball covers Filters to stop oil and dust Firefighter uniforms Piano key hammers Doonas The inside of cricket balls
Why is wool It doesn’t burnso wonderful? easily It’s It doesn’t get environmentally dir ty easily friendly! And cool in It keeps you winter warm in summer
Why Farmers Are Impor tant?Just think:What would you be eating without the workof our farmers?Would you even be wearing clothes?
Careers in AgricultureAgriculture is everywhere- from the boardroom to the bush! AND… it’s not just for the boys! Farmer/ Producer Fashion Chef Designer A teacher Scientist An ar tist Accountant
The oppor tunities are ENDLESS!
Let’s Work Together…
“You don’t have to be someone to do anything:Why not help clothe the world as well?” Our Aussie Let’s Farmers! Thank you!