Thursday, September 23, 2010

Micron Results Part 2 Crossbred ewes and BFLs

I had five cross ewes I purchased from Theresa last fall and picked up at the Jefferson, WI show.

Three Shetland-Cheviots (the preferred cross in the UK for Shetlands) and two Shetland Mules (BFL x Shetland) which is gaining popularity here in the US.

Since I took samples from EVERYONE this spring I wanted to include them as well. These are all lamb fleeces so without a doubt will coarsen as they age, even if slightly.

The three Shetland-Cheviots are the first three, the two Shetland mules the last two:
AFD, SD, CV, CEM, Comfort Factor are the columns.

27.2 5.2 19.2 8.9 73.5
30.2 7.6 25.2 13.4 53.3
30.2 8.7 28.9 17.7 59.2
30.4 6 19.7 10.4 52.3
27 5.7 21.3 10.1 73.8

Numbers are as good or better than many Shetland purebreds our there ;)

Then the three rams...a yearling texel, a 2 year old BFL and a yearling BFL. Again

AFD, SD, CV, CEM, and Comfort Factor. These breeds are NOT typically considered wool breeds but crossing (BFL) and terminal (Texel) breeds.

texel
CHAMP 29.5 5.6 18.9 9.4 57.3
BFL
BURMA 27 5 18.5 9.2 78
BFL
KIRKDALE 27.9 5.3 18.9 8.8 71.3

And then the BFL ewes. Yearlings to four years of age. Again these ewes are a crossing breed typically. Not known for their wool in their homeland but in the US spinners love this fiber.

BFLs CATALONIA 26.2 4.7 18 8.2 82.4

LLANDDEWI 27.8 5 17.8 8.8 72.7

BEA 27.9 4.5 16.1 7.7 74.2

NUBIA 26.4 4.7 17.8 8.1 81.9

SINE QUA NON 25.3 4.2 16.8 7.3 90.4

PRIMA FACIE 26 4.2 16.2 7.5 87.3

MOROVIA 26.9 4.7 17.4 8 78.4

GLENLUCE 28.9 4.6 15.9 8.3 66.5

CLOVER 30.4 5.7 18.6 10 54

KACY 26.3 5 18.9 8.5 79.7

KEARSLEY 26.9 4.3 16 7.5 82.4

KERSHOPE 30.1 4.6 15.1 7.7 54

KILORAN 30 4.7 15.7 8.4 54.4

One thing Martin Daly said at the BLUNA banquet at the National Show was that BFLs should have high SD and CV because their wool should be less consistent.

I must disagree with him. Longwools in general have a more consistent wool. Granted some do get more britchy, but the above numbers do NOT lie. With low SD and CV numbers like those (and super low CEMs)certainly makes them feel softer than they are. While I do like fine fleeces, and BFLs are SUPPOSED to be the finest longwool breed, I won't specifically breed for the finest fleeces in them, but I will keep it in check to not get the fleeces that look like Border Leicester fleece. There is nothing wrong with BL fleece, as it certainly has its place, but BFL wool shouldn't be the same as BL fleece. I'm just sayin'

1 comment:

Michelle said...

"Experts" can have incorrect data and opinions, just like the rest of us, so I think it is fine to disagree with them when they are found in error. Like Judith MacKenzie McCuin's opinion that Shetland wool doesn't have luster, among others....

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