Wool is the fine soft curly or wavy hair forming the coat of a sheep,
goat, or similar animal, especially when shorn and prepared for use in
making cloth or yarn. A sheep is a domesticated ruminant animal
with a thick woolly coat. This animal is typically kept in flocks
for its wool or meat, and is proverbial for its tendency to follow
others in the flock.
Breeds of Sheep
Glossary of Sheep Terms
Code of Practice for Preparation of Wool Clips in the United States
Benefits of Wool
Sheep Wool Grades
Educational Information Textile Industry
and staple wool.
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The educational information listed in this section
has been graciously provided by the American Sheep Industry Association.
The U.S. sheep industry is composed of over 77,000 producers who market
approximately $736 million-worth of raw products from approximately 7.9
million animals. The value-added services associated with processing, distributing
and marketing meat, milk and wool from sheep amount to a combined contribution
of several billion dollars to American agriculture and the overall economy.
To learn more about the United States Sheep Industry you can contact the
American Sheep Industry Association.