Fun Facts About Merino Wool (and their Sheep)
Merino Sheep do not have to turn their heads to see behind them! They have a 360-degree field of vision.
Merino Sheep have natural oils called Lanolin that help shed water and make them water resistant.
Lanolin has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that protect the sheep’s skin from infection. It also repels bacteria, mildew, and dust mites.
A merino sheep can produce up to 227 lbs of wool in its lifetime.
Merino wool fiber can wick up to 30% of its own weight in moisture remaining dry to the touch. Merino Fiber pulls 10 times more moisture away from the skin than a synthetic fiber, while maintaining all of its performance qualities.
The structure of each woolen fiber gives wool its elasticity by a three-dimensional corkscrew pattern. The coiled springs of these molecular chains have a special ‘memory’ that make the woolen fibers themselves coil-shaped, accounting for their enduring resilience.
Merino Wool has a porous structure which makes it such a good thermal insulator. The mesh of the fibers has millions of air pockets which further help to regulate temperature and humidity. Cooool!
A good shearer can shear a full-grown sheep in just 3-4 minutes without causing pain to the sheep! Do you think they offer a warm towel after?
Wool is a wicked strong natural fiber. It can bend back on itself 20,000 times without breaking. Other fibers are not so strong... to cotton at 3,200 times, silk at 1,800, and rayon at only 75 times.
When absorbing moisture on a cold morning, merino wool releases the energy equivalent of an electric blanket that been plugged in for over 8 hours!
There are 34.2 million sheep in New Zealand or approximately seven sheep for every human.
A Merino Sheep do not have teeth in their upper front jaw.