Mount Adde Wool
Here at Mount Adde we take great pride in our breeding programs, wool being no exception. The natural sustainable and healthy quality’s of wool that have protected sheep from the harshest of environments for hundreds of years are now again being recognised. Wool has been proven many times to be superior to many hi-tech unnatural fibre’s, by wicking moisture away from the skin while resisting growth of bacteria. Hence production of offensive odour’s while keeping us warm in the wet and cold, while also protecting us by breathing and allowing our bodies to maintain our natural heat regulation in warmer conditions.
We can enhance these unique properties through careful selection of key attributes: fibre diameter, yield, fleece weight, bulk, coefficient of variation and standard deviation. When they are all in balance they give a long strong resilient fibre that not only protects the sheep by shedding the dust rain wind and snow, but also produces a fleece that is uniform, bright white and silky soft that retaining high bulk, resilience, wear and shape holding characteristics when spun into yarns that are very versatile.
Animal husbandry is also of paramount importance to grow and present quality wools, so strict control measures are in place. Each sheep having colour coded and individual numbered tags, and every sheep being prepared for shearing to ensure the wool is presented in the best possible condition, then shorn, skirted and classed (graded and presented) into a suitable line for sale and further processing for a particular market.
At Mount Adde we are always looking for ways to add value to our produce, and this has led to our involvement with a number of companies and Mount Adde wools along with similar wool has been utilised in the manufacture of high end fashion garments, babies blankets, Smart socks, a new line of double layered wind proof woollen jersey manufactured by Iron Bark, and with many other possibilities we are optimistic about the future.
Mount Adde sheep typically cut a true to type fleece of 23-28 micron depending on age, with ewes generally clipping a 6-8kg of 25-28 micron fleece depending also on age and seasonal conditions.