Romanov: Wool Educational Information for the Clothing Industry

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Hair and Double-Coated Breeds: Romanov

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 175-240 lb.
Ewe 135-160 lb.

AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER

Micron 33-28
Spinning Count 54-46

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 6-13 lb.

YIELD

65-80%

STAPLE LENGTH

4-5"

Romanovs originated in what was previously the Soviet Union in the 18th Century and have been in the United States since about 1986. Considered to be one of the most prolific breeds in the world, they are a hardy and adaptable breed know for their early sexual maturity, out of season breeding, multiple births, ease of lambing and mothering abilities. Romanovs are born black and lighten to a soft gray as they grow their secondary fleece coat. The wool color is almost always lost on the first cross with white wool type breeds.

Learn more about sheep & wool from the following resources.

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Benefits of Wool

Sheep Wool Grades

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