Raw Jacobs’ Fleece

I have my Jacobs sheared once a year, typically in early April. The product that comes directly off the sheep is called “raw” fleece. It tends to come off in one piece. At this time I skirt it (remove all “junk” wool, second cuts, and vegetable matter) and then either sell it as raw fleece or send it out for processing. That procedure consists of washing, picking and aligning all the fibers into the same direction. It comes back to me as roving, which can be sold as-is or spun into yarn.

Above: The farm today. Below: Sheep shearing day video from 2012.