LEAFLET NO. 92
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
By Warner M. Buck, Specialist in Marketing Wool, Agricultural
GOOD WOOL must be properly prepared and carefully handled
in marketing to bring its full value. The market value of wool
can be seriously reduced at the time of shearing by lack of preparation
for market. Merchants sometimes spend a cent a pound in
improving the appearance and value
of the wool by turning and cleaning
fleeces that they buy. Buyers consider
this expense when they buy
wool. Growers might just as well
earn this money themselves by
offering the wool in good condition
in the first place. Choice wool attractively
prepared can usually be
sold even in a dull market.
Shear When Wool is Dry
Excessive moisture is injurious to
wool which, when damp, soon becomes
moldy; the fibers rot and are
weakened. Water stains the fleeces
with a brown tinge which no scouring
will remove. A fleece that is
removed and rolled when damp is
likely, later, to contain a large per
FI,(;-RE .-Shearing must be carefully done.
centage of discolored wool. Musty
wool is shunned by the buyers and it can be sold only at a sacrifice.
Shear on Clean Dry Surface
A wool grower who wishes to sell successfully must take great pains
with his shearing. (Fig. 1.) He must keep his wool clean and attractive.
Shearing should be done on a clean surface. A clean smooth
board floor makes a good surface or shearing can be done on burlap or
an old carpet. If the fleece falls on a dirty floor or on littered ground
it will take up foreign substances and its value will be decreased.
x This leaflet was first issued by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. La July 1939 the author and
the work on which the leaflet is based were transferred to the Agricultural SI~h d [ M A N
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