Registered Livestock For Sale
MERINO, RAMBOUILLET, CORMO, SCOTTISH BLACKFACE, and EAST FRIESIAN DAIRY SHEEP - NUBIAN DAIRY GOATS
We have sold out of Ewes for 2019, and have a very few rams available. To be added to our list for 2020 - please add your name to our mailing list. Our Merino, Rambouillet, and Cormo sheep breeding program focuses on producing: (1) fine wool - currently our ewe average is 19 micron, our goal is to get to 18 micron (2) wool production volume, and (3) high per ewe lamb production.
At Kentucky Meadows our goal is to raise top quality wool producers. We raise registered Rambouillet and Merino sheep. Our Rambouillet came from the Erk Ranch in South Dakota, one of the leading Rambouillet ranches in the US. Our Merino flock comes from Twinbrook Farm in Medino Ohio and includes both Delaine Merinos and naturally colored Merinos.
We are all about the wool! Each year we test our fleece at Yocom-McColl Laboratory. These are a few key stats from our 2017 wool clip:
Our average micron was 20.1 – spinning count 64s to 70s, fine wool. Micron is the key wool measurement, the smaller the micron the higher priced the wool.
Our wool is very uniform, with an average SD (standard deviation) of 3.5. SD measures the uniformity of the wool. The lower the SD, the more uniform the wool.
The CV averaged 16.7. Coefficient of Variation or CV is the SD multiplied by 100% and then divided by the diameter of the wool. This is another measure of uniformity. The normal range is 15% to 30%, with 15% being exceptionally uniform.
%>30u average 1.2. Comfort factor of 98.8%. This measures the percentage of fibers over 30 micron. Generally, fibers over 30 micron tend to bend less and produce a poking sensation. So by subtracting this number from 100%, you get the % of fibers below 30 micron, which is called the comfort factor (the higher the percentage the better).
Crimp averaged 17.6. The crimp is one measure of the ‘bounciness’ of the wool. Generally a higher number is better.
The average staple length was 4.8” long.
The average weight was 10.7 pounds per fleece.
2017 #1 Quality: Our three year old Naomi Rambouillet was top this year with a 9 pound superfine fleece with 16.9 micron fiber, 4.17” staple length, with an SD of 3 (very uniform), CV of 17.7, and %>30u of 0.5 (comfort factor of 99.5%) and crimp of 24.
2017 #2 Quality: Lea (another three year old) Rambouillet had a 12 pound fine fleece with 18.8 micron fiber, 5.5” staple length, with a SD of 27, CV of 14.4, and %>30u of 0.4 (comfort factor of 99.6%) and crimp of 17.
2017 #1 Volume: George Washington (a four year old) was our highest volume producer with a 14 lb fleece (this ram also won the blue ribbon for fine wool at the 2017 Kentucky Fiber Festival), his micron was 24.9, with an SD of 4.2, CV of 17.1, %>30u of 8.4 (comfort factor of 91.6%), crimp of 14, and staple length of 5.25.