About the Breeds and the Fibers They Produce
Cormo Sheep were developed in Tasmania, NZ by crossing Corriedale Rams with carefully selected superfine Saxon Merino Ewes. The standard for the fleeces include: high, clean fleece weight and a fiber diameter of 17-23 microns. The staple length is usually longer than Merino fleece. The fine crimp contributes to the yarn's superb elasticity, drape, and softness. It is suitable for next to skin wear garments.
The Coopworth breed is a medium sized, dual purpose, longwool breed that was also developed in New Zealand. The standard for fleeces include: pointed locks and bright luster, a well-defined crimp averaging 3.5 crimps per inch and a fiber diameter of 35 to 39 microns. The staple length is 6 to 8 inches. The long staple length makes the Coopworth fleece extremely easy to spin. The fiber diameter increases durability of the yarn. There are both white and natural colored Coopworths.
Both breeds perform well in a grass based environment and are well suited to the Wisconsin climate. See more at www.croftlandfarm.com.