We just got back the results from the micron testing we had done on this year’s fleeces. Like last year, we sent samples to Texas A&M for testing. I posted some information about what micron testing is all about in last year’s post in case you aren’t familiar with it.
*note: three of the sheep (Jazz, Juliet, Juno) included in the report are Corriedales from my mom’s flock
It is interesting to note that the ewe I bought last summer (Lily) has the finest fleece of the group — this is what I was expecting and hoping when I purchased her. Eventually the goal is that her genetics will get mixed into the flock, through strategic breeding, to increase the quality of all the fleeces.
The ram that we used on the ewes last breeding, Toffee, also has a very fine fleece as evidence by both our first hand experience with him and the test results. Our hope is that by using rams with fleeces like this we will be able to increase the fineness of the fleeces in future generations but hopefully preserve some of the wool length and density that our ewes have.