Get your draft skills ready. This beautiful white wool top is imported from shores of Germany. Not too many think of Germany as having a seaside but it's there, high in the North Sea. This wool is very soft compared to many other types of rugged wools. These fibers are 3-6 inches (7-15cm)!
This fiber is very soft but not like a Fine Merino. The sheep need to be rugged and to protect them against the weather, they have a long, rougher fleece with a fiber diameter of 30 to 33 microns. The white wool, also has a very good crimp which is unusual for a rougher fleece.
Wool is offered in 4oz braid.
This breed was developed along the North Sea coast in the middle of the last century. English Leicester, Cotswold, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire were imported and crossbred with the local Wilstermarschschaf, a northern German marsh sheep. Breeders succeeded in retaining the wanted qualities of the marsh sheep, such as high fecundity, fast development, and large size. In the 1930’s, a new breed, the Deutsches Weißköpfiges Fleischschaf started to roam the grassy areas next to the North Sea.
It is the perfect breed to withstand the rough, damp sea climate and suited for life on the dikes. The sheep fatten on the lush dike grass, pound down the earth and encourage new grass growth, thus helping to stabilize the North Sea dikes which makes them resistant against storm floods.
Breed category: dual-purpose
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