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Topic: Buying fleece from farm?  (Read 2493 times)
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AlpacaNanny
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2012 05:56:13 AM »

As a fiber artist and an alpaca breeder I know how important it is to handle the fleece when shearing!!!!

We use sheets of tyvek (sp?) to collect the prime fleece from our animals.  We lay down the tyvek, with one edge under the animal (some people use plastic sheeting) and as the prime fleece comes off the animal, roll it onto the tyvek.  The result is a fleece that is laid out in one layer with the cut side up.  We then use the air compressor and light blow off any small short cuts.   The plastic/tyvek is larger than the fleece so I can fold the edges over the fleece ad roll it up like a jelly roll.  When I am ready to use the fleece, I simply unroll it and it is VERY easy to skirt, take out any VM (vegetable matter) and sort into grades.

If I am purchasing any fleece, I always inquire how the fleece is collected.  I have gotten fleece from farms that is in garbage bags - it may be cheap - but it can be frustrating to sort!!!!

Louise
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