Amazing Sheepskin & Wool Facts
Sheepskin is a very trendy and fashionable item to help you stay stylish and keep you warm all winter long. 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.