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Long Wool Breeds: Romney

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 200-275 lb.
Ewe 150-200 lb.

AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER

Micron 39-32
Spinning Count 48-36

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 10-18 lb.

YIELD

55-70%

STAPLE LENGTH

5-8"

The Romney, developed in England's Romney Marsh region to withstand cold, wet conditions, was imported into the U.S. in 1904. They are a medium-sized, white-faced breed with wool extending on the legs. They are good mothers with average or better prolificacy and milking ability and produce a coarse, long-stapled fleece that is well suited for spinning.

Registrations - Previous five year average, 2,715

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