Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and thirty-three of that project.
There are approximately 5.25 million sheep in the United States.
Texas has the biggest share followed by California and Colorado. The cuties on this block are most likely Suffolk sheep.
When I raised sheep this is the breed I raised. They are primarily a meat breed. Some sheep are fleece breeds and still others are dual breeds.
In meat breed sheep the majority of the animal’s growth and energy goes to producing meat. Their fleece is considered open and coarse. Not particularly suitable for spinning.
I felted the wool from my sheep into thick felted pads for use in boot insoles.
Fleece breeds usually have white skin and their energy and growth go into producing beautiful fleeces. Their long locks spin well but their bodies are not very meaty.
I have always liked sheep and enjoyed raising them. I like to eat lamb.
The shearing side is hard work. I liked to go to the Western Stockshow to watch the professional shearers work. That was mind-boggling to me. Needless to say, our sheep were never sheared that fast.