Delaine-Merino: Wool Educational Material for the Clothing Industry

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Fine Wool Breeds: Delaine-Merino

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 190-240 lb.
Ewe 125-160 lb.

AVERAGE fiber DIAMETER

Micron 22-17
Spinning Count 80-64

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 9-14 lb.

YIELD

45-54%

STAPLE LENGTH

2 1/2 - 4"

The Delaine-Merino was developed from the Spanish Merino and has an unbroken line of breeding for more than 1200 years. Modern Delaine-Merinos are smooth-bodied, intermediate in size with wool extending down the legs. They are also hardy, long lived with a well, developed flock instinct, forage well in less productive regions and are well suited to hill country locations. They breed year round and produce very high-quality, fine-wool fleeces.

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