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UsesLamb, hogget, mutton. Conservation grazing.The highest quality wool of any native breed. Wool: High quality garments, knitwear, fine shawls, woven fabrics
OriginShetland Isles, Scotland
ClassPrimitive breed, short-tailed. Horned rams, usually polled ewes.
ColourThere are 11 main colour varieties including: Black, dark brown, emsket (bluish grey), fawn, grey, light grey, mioget (yellowish brown), moorit (reddish brown), musket (pale greyish brown), shaela (dark grey), white. There are more than 30 recognised markings.
ParentageAncient breed. Descended from primitive Northern European breeds
WoolA naturally coloured wool with a very soft and silky feel.
Fleece1 - 2 kg
Staple Length6 - 12 cm
Micron Range30 - 31.5
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