Long hair like fibres.
Period of pregnancy, for sheep it is approx. 150 days.
Gilling is the blending together of card slivers with the direction of feed alternated to make a final sliver suitable for spinning. In worsted processing, three gilling operations are usually carried out prior to combing and two after combing.
A method of taking a representative samples from wool bales. A jaw is driven by a machine into the wool bale and when withdrawn brings out a sample of fibres. Grab samples can be used to measure length and strength.
The classification system used to describe raw wool.
A fatty, pale yellow wax that coats the raw wool fibre and yields lanolin.
Wool as it is shorn from the sheep, before any processing.
A shearer who shears more the 200 sheep per day.