Wool Breed: Corriedale

Corriedale almost black

History:  The Corriedale  comes from the crossing of Lincoln or Leicester rams with Merino females.  It was developed in New Zealand and Australia during the late 1800s’.   Corriedale, now distributed worldwide, is possibly the second most significant breed in the world after Merinos.

Fleece Facts:

Size: large sheep with mature rams weighing up to 275 lbs (125 kg); ewes around 180 lbs (81 kg)

Horns: Hornless

Fleece Weight:  10-20 pounds (4.5–9 kg)

Staple Length: 3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm)

Fiber Diameters:  50s to 58s by the Bradford count, 25-31 micron count. (North America/British Isles)

Coloring: Mostly white, but in smaller flocks, possible to be pale gray through black and various browns.

Spinning:  An easy to spin fiber that will bloom when you wash it.

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