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Amazing Sheepskin & Wool Facts

Sheepskin is a very trendy and fashionable item to help you stay stylish and keep you warm all winter long.Women's Yukon Russian Ushanka Hat - Sheepskin & Suede However, sheepskin has many other unique and interesting facts that make it an important industry. Here is a list of  some facts about sheepskin and wool.
  • Sheep are produced in all 50 U.S. states, with the highest sheep producing states being west of the Mississippi river. This is where the larger ranches are located.
  • Wool is the world's leading natural animal fiber.
  • Texas had the largest number of lambs as of January 1, 2014 at 740,000
  • U.S. sheep farmers produce a dual purpose animal that is valued for both its meat and wool.
  • The top 5 wool producing countries are: Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia and Argentina.
  • Some interesting uses of wool are: can be used to make insulation, hand made rugs, tennis balls, bedding products and cleanup pads for oil and chemical spills.
  • Wool is a very fire resistant fiber due to its very high ignition temperature point of 570 - 600 degrees Celsius. Also there are other unique properties of wool that create fire resistance, such as its high nitrogen and water content, and its self extinguishing properties.
  • The 2010 U.S. economic impact of lamb and wool, various meat and sheep cheese was $786 million.
  • Sheep's milk is very nutritious and is richer in vitamins A, B and E, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium than cow's milk.
  • In 2011 there were 1.04 billion head of sheep in the world.
Now you know more about this industry and have some amazing facts about sheepskin and wool.




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