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Wooly AgFacts

10 Nov

AgFact #10 comes straight from the North American International Livestock Show.

Wool is comparatively fire resistant. This natural fiber is hard to ignite and will self-extinguish.  Historical, firefighters wore wool pants when fighting fires.

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Ranches and farms raise sheep for meat and/or wool.  Approximately, 90 percent of the world’s sheep produce wool.   Sheep breeders shear their sheep.  One sheep can produce 2 to 30 pounds of wool annually depending on the breed, genetics, nutrition, and shearing interval.  The raw wool is sold to wool mill or to individuals that hand spinners.

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In the United State, 29.3 million pounds of wool was harvested from 4.03 million head of sheep and lamb.

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