common fabric fiber types viewed under a microscope

Everything you didn’t know about wool: wool processing

As we enter into the holiday season of December, the colder weather got me thinking about the warm clothes that we wear.  Often we garb ourselves in holiday finery which may be a special occasion sweater made of wool.   Since some parts of the Waushara, Marquette, and Green Lake counties were historically farmed with sheep […]

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coarse wool, medium wool, and fine wool fibers

Everything you didn’t know about wool

Wool is a very versatile product, used to make carpets, blankets, clothing, and many other materials.  Wool is a good insulating material, can absorb water or allow for evaporation of water, is resistant to fire, and is very durable.  Part of the reason why wool is so versatile is the unique properties it has, some […]

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hampshire ewe

Guía para criar ovejas sanas

Con el aumento de los mercados de especialidad, tales como alimentos cultivados localmente, queso de oveja y lanas de especialidad, cada vez más ovejas se están criando en pequeñas granjas. Antes de agregar las ovejas a su granja, asegúrese de que ha considerado todos los detalles esenciales en la vivienda y el cuidado de su […]

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hampshire ewe

Arlington Sheep Day

The Annual Arlington Sheep Day will be held Saturday morning, March 11, 2017 at the Public Events Facility of the UW-Madison Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI.  The morning program for adult producers will cover the basics of wool grading making decisions on feeding lambs to different target markets, and an update on current research […]

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close up of lamb, head and shoulders in view, standing near ewe, so the background appears woolly.

Best Practices to Increase Your Lamb Crop

The Lamb Resource Center has recently released a series of factsheets on practices that can help you increase your lamb crop.  These simple practices can help you make the most of your flock.  While geared for the sheep industry, many of these practices could apply to goat herds as well.

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close up of lamb, head and shoulders in view, standing near ewe, so the background appears woolly.

Accelerated and off-season lambing

Accelerated and off-season lambing can be a viable niche marketing opportunity.  It might also be a necessity if you have your own sheep and want to show market lambs at the Marquette County Fair, which is an early July show.  Check out the factsheet from Penn State Extension on Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production by clicking […]

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