Last spring when we had our sheep sheared I talked about skirting the fleeces and getting them ready for processing. Here's a couple of pictures (reruns):
The mill said they wouldn't be ready for them until September. That seemed like a long time away then, but here it is September and time to send them in. Of course, I waited till the last minute to get the rest of them ready. But I finished the skirting and stuffed them into two big boxes. And I mean STUFFED. I think postage is cheaper if you use the smallest possible boxes. Even though these were pretty big, they were the smallest possible boxes. I told the lady at the post office I was hoping they wouldn't explode on the way to the mill. I think they'll be okay as long as the tape holds. There were five fleeces. All together there was about 35 pounds of wool. I read on a Rambouillet site that after washing, you should have about a 35% to 55% yield, so maybe we'll come up with around 15 pounds of roving. I think they told me it would take about five weeks to get them done. This is the first time we've sent off the wool from our Rambouillets, so I'm anxious to see what the roving will be like. Just from looking at the raw fleeces, it looks like it has a really tight crimp, and feels like it will be nice and soft. Just have to wait and see I guess.