he ping test. This one may seem silly but it works.
Get a smaller section of the lock you pulled out, hold it taut between two fingers ---> and using another finger, flick the lock. Does it snap or make twangy, snappy noises when you do this? Or does it have a ping? Healthy fibers will make a ping noise.
If this ping test takes too much coordination, you can get the same result by snapping the lock between two hands [see below]. You're still looking for the same pinging sound instead of a snap or a fizzle.
Once you do this a few times, you'll know what I mean by the sounds.
Andy Moffatt wrote:Good crimp in the wool, should look like a crinkle cut chip when you pull out a lock. It gives wool its springiness rather than just being all slack and feeling stretched.
To help prevent shit on the wool trim their back end in a ring crutch a couple of times a year.
Andy Moffatt wrote:Pretty sure the felting on the sheep is a major stress event ie, no feed for a period or extreme heat stress which causes a complete break in the fleece then as they rub and the new fleece grows into it with some rain it felts up.
We used to use them as dog beds in the working dogs kennels, it was great until someone got bored and spread wool everywhere.
Travis Johnson wrote:Did he have issues with foot rot as well? I have been all over the world checking out sheep farms and when it is wet, hoof issues crop up.