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Sunday Fiber Facts - Corriedale Sheep

Let’s talk sheep, well about this particular breed of sheep known as Corriedale. This breed is known as a dual purpose breed, meaning it’s used for both its fiber and meat.

The Corriedale sheep is the one of the oldest crossbreed sheep. It’s a mixture of Lincoln and Merino sheep from New Zealand. Although the sheep were brought to the United States in 1914, they’re very common now and even a parent of the American Targhee sheep.

They have a dense fleece, with medium to long springy fibers.It’s one of my favorite fibers to spin with, and makes for sturdy soft yarn for projects. A medium size sheep can produce upwards of 12 pounds of fiber a year.

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