Woolly Warmth for the Winter
Some Woolly Farm Animals Help Keep us Warm for Winter
A sheep and a goat from Mulberry Lane Farms came to NBC26 Today Video by nbc26.comvideo
Green Bay-- Winter is on it's way and although we havn't seen much of it yet, cold weather is fast approaching. We had some woolly farm animals stop by NBC26 Today to show us how to keep warm.
Daisy the sheep and Amaz the Goat, show us how it's done.
- Daisy is a Shetland ewe (female sheep). Male sheep are called rams.
- We get wool from our sheep when we shear them each spring. We shear our
- sheep once a year. In the south you would shear twice a year.
- One sheep produces anywhere from 2 to 30 lbs. of wool depending on its size
- and breed.
- In 2011, the average price paid for wool sold in the U.S. was $1.67 per
- pound. (A record high)
- Sheep wool repels water, but humidity is absorbed. That’s why sheep do well
- in both winter and summer.
- Arnaz is a cross between an Angora buck (male goat) and a Pygmy doe
- (female goat) making him a Pygora.
- Arnaz is a wether. A wether is a male sheep or goat that has been castrated.
- Like sheep, Arnaz would be sheared in spring. Removing their winter coats
- helps our woolly friends cope with hot summer days.
- The wool you get from an Angora goat is called mohair.
- Mohair should not be confused with the fur from the Angora rabbit.
- Mohair is warm in winter because it has great insulating properties, while
- remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties.
- Mohair is considered a luxury fiber and is usually more expensive than most
- wool that comes from sheep.
- In 2011, the average price paid for mohair was $3.49 per pound.
- Wether Pygoras are more valuable because their fleece is finer. As well as
- wether sheep’s wool more valuable than ewe sheep wool because they don't
- have the stress of kidding/breeding.
For more information visit. www.MulberryLaneFarmWI.com