wool facts

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Sheep are produced in all 50 states across the nation and, according to a 2016 study, over 25 million pounds of wool are produced annually in the United States.

  • U.S. sheep producers traditionally harvest wool during the spring months.
  • More than half of American-produced wool is shorn and sold during April, May and June.
  • On average each shorn sheep produces 7.2 pounds of greasy wool.
  • One pound of wool can make up to 10 miles of yarn.
  • Baseballs contain wool, rubber or cork, and horsehide or cowhide. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in one baseball. 
  • Texas is the leading producer of wool nationwide.
  • One of the biggest consumers of domestic wool production is the United States military.

Wise up on wool with these articles about sheep and alpaca farms across the U.S.:

Sources: American Sheep Industry Association, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Marketing Resource Center


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