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Sell Your Sheep's Wool

Spin a profit from wool production by following some of these tips for selling wool.
  • Get Wooly

    You may be able to get more bang for your buck than you bargained for with your sheep. When sheep are sheared every spring, wool has to go somewhere - you might as well try to sell it. There are plenty of wool crafters and fiber manufacturers looking for good-quality fleece. 

    Date Published: January 31, 2018
    Date Updated: January 31, 2018
    Tags: Sheep, Wool, sell wool
  • Clean it Up

    You want to keep as much vegetable matter, such as hay, straw, and grass out of the fibers as possible. Also trim off fleece stained with manure. 

    Date Published: January 31, 2018
    Date Updated: January 31, 2018
    Tags: Sheep, Wool, sell wool
  • Long Fibers are Best

    Wool buyers are looking for fleeces that are approximately 3 to 3.5 inches long. That's called "staple length," and it's what the commercial machinery and factories are made to work with.

    Date Published: January 31, 2018
    Date Updated: January 31, 2018
    Tags: Sheep, Wool, sell wool
  • Keep Wool Dry

    Make sure the wool is dry when it's sheared and when it goes into the bag. Don't store store wool in a black garbage bag because the wool will sweat. Burlap and specialty plastic bags developed for the wool industry are preferred. 

    Date Published: January 31, 2018
    Date Updated: January 31, 2018
    Tags: Sheep, Wool, sell wool
  • Color Matters

    Wool is graded and priced per pound, depending on the quality of the fiber and the animal it comes from. Black-face breeds bring less money from commercial sources because they usually have black fiber in their wool. Black fiber does not take dye, so there is a deduction in the U.S. 35- to 45-cent range. White-face breeds with a medium white-face wool get 60 to 65 cents a pound. Rambouillets and Merinos with the high-quality fine wool will bring in $1.25 or more. 

    Date Published: January 31, 2018
    Date Updated: January 31, 2018
    Tags: Sheep, Wool, sell wool
  • Market Your Wool

    Handspinners and knitters are a specialty market for your wool, especially if you have unusual breeds of sheep and varied-color fleeces. Selling your wool on-farm or at a fiber-related show allows you to market directly to individuals who are looking for specialty fleeces. Your sheep shearer may also be a good source of information on who's buying wool in your area. 

    Date Published: January 31, 2018
    Date Updated: January 31, 2018
    Tags: Sheep, Wool, sell wool

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