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.:
- Illinois Alpaca Farms Give a Feel for Fiber
- Winning Wool for Ohio Sheep Industry
- How New Mexico Sheep Ranchers Advance with Traditional Techniques
- The Lost Art of Sheepherding in Utah