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Welcome to the Merry Meadows Farm, Inc. Glossary.

 
Cormo

Our Cormo is “the best ever” wool. Why? TLC, special diet, and coated year round. Cormo wool is excellent for hand spinners interested in finer fibers and very soft yarn. Counts are 64’s to 70’s, staple length 3 to 5 inches, and the locks have very short, blunt tips. Cormo fleeces are bright white with consistent fiber diameter, crimp and quality throughout. We also have half-Cormo crosses out of Merino-Targhee-Finn-Dorset and natural colored ewes. Cormo blends beautifully with angora or silk to produce an extremely soft yarn. It is also preferred by many felters. Enjoy our hard to find anywhere Cormo wool.

Corriedale

Corriedale sheep are a dual purpose breed, meaning they are used both in the production of wool and meat. Corriedale is the oldest of all the crossbred breeds, a Merino-Lincoln cross brought to the United States in 1914. Corriedale have a long life span, and are hardy and evenly balanced all over the body. They adapt well to a wide range of climate conditions. They are large framed, broad and plain bodied, and hornless. Corriedales produce a thick stapled, bulky fleece, which is popular with spinners and can be used for a range of handspun garments. Their dense fleece is medium-fine and high yielding, with good length and softness, somewhat between medium and long wool. Fleece from a mature ewe will weigh 10 to 17 lbs with a staple length of 3.5 to 6.0 in. After cleaning, a yield of 50 to 60% of the raw fleece weight is common. Mature rams will weigh 175 to 275 lbs, ewes can weigh from 130 to 180 lbs.

CVM

The CVM is a breed of domestic sheep native to the United States. The breed's name refers to the Romney rams and Rambouillet ewes which were crossed to create it around 1915. The California Variegated Mutant or CVM is a rare sub-type of the Romeldale breed known for its unusual color, and is considered a derivative of the Romeldale. The majority of sources (as well as the breed association) refers to the two together as Romeldale/CVM

Dorset

The Dorset or Dorset Horned breed of sheep is known mostly for its prolific lambing. It has been known to produce two lambing seasons per year: bred in May for lambs finished by the holidays, and bred again immediately after the first lambing to produce again in March or April. This type of management, the ewes sold with the lambs, sometimes produces as many as four or five lambs a year. Both horned and polled Dorsets are all white sheep and medium size having good body length and muscle conformation to produce a desirable carcass. The fleece is very white, strong, close and free from dark fiber. Fleeces average 5 to 9 pounds in the ewes with a yield between 50% and 70%. The staple length ranges from 2.5 to 4.0 inches with a numeric count of 46's-58's. The fiber diameter ranges from 33.0 to 27.0 micrometers. Ewes weigh 150 to 200 pounds at maturity, some in show condition may very well exceed this weight. Rams weigh 225 to 275 pounds at maturity.

FDT

Finnish Dorset Targhee. Generally it is medium fine. Dolly the sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, was a Finnish Dorset.

Merino

Our Merino crosses all show the influence of the Merino blood with increased softness and length, with a bold, even crimp. Our Merino wool is so soft and silky that you will want to wear it next to your skin. It is the perfect choice for baby clothes and blankets. Counts are 64’s to 80’s with staple length of 3 to 5 inches. We have approximately 60 Merino crosses to choose from. Those who love our Merino fleeces come back for more each year.

Romney

Romney, formerly called Romney Marsh but generally referred to by the local farmers as Kent, is a breed of sheep originating in England. The Romney is a "long wool" breed recognized in England by 1800. Exported to other continents, the Romney is an economically important sheep breed, especially in the sheep meat and wool export trades of New Zealand. The Romney is in general an open faced breed with long wool that grows over the legs in full. Romney breed standards are not identical across all countries, but have much in common. Romneys produce a heavy fleece. A healthy mature ram can yield at shearing upwards of 10 kg per year, while flock averages in New Zealand for breeding ewes are typically above 5 kg. The increased fleece weight of a long wooled sheep comes from the longer fiber length produced. The “clean yield” (net weight after thorough washing) is typically high for Romneys, 75-80%; this is a higher yield than is got for most fine wooled sheep.

Targhee

Targhee is a breed of domestic sheep developed in the early 20th century. Targhee sheep are a dual purpose breed, with heavy, medium quality wool and good meat production characteristics. They are hardy, and are especially suited to the ranges of the West where their ¾ fine wool and ¼ long wool breeding is favored by western ranchers. This breed is raised primarily for wool. Mature body weight in the rams is 200 to 300 lbs with the ewes weighing slightly less at 125 to 200 lbs. Each ewe will average a 10 to 14 lbs fleece that has a micron measurement of 21 to 25 and a spinning count of 64 to 58. The staple length of the fleece will be 3 to 5 inches with a yield of 50% to 55%.