I have decided that Gardenia is my favorite ewe. She was walking by me today and I reached out to pet her and I came away with a handful of wool. Notice the bare spot on her right side?
One of the reasons we got Cascade Sheep was because they shed their wool every Spring, no shearing required. Look at how short the natural break in her wool is!
The natural hand picking/combing of a shedding sheeps wool is called “Rooing”. This is how Gardenia looked after less than 3 minutes of rooing. Amazing.
She was getting a bit nervous so we stopped for the night, but look how much we rooed off from her. I think the kind of wool that Gardenia has is called “banana peel” wool, as it peels right off.
Not bad for a few minutes work. Gardenia’s wool is very, very soft, I love it! I have never felt fresh wool like this before, I am surprised at how much lanolin is in it.