This year I have continued collecting sheep wool samples from Scandinavia and the Baltic region. I am very grateful to the farmers who have sent me samples from their sheep, which are all from heritage breeds. These sheep have eaten grass and hay but no concentrates.
I thought I would show you what happens to the samples once they get to the laboratory:
First the sample is logged. Sample logging is boring but essential. Each sample is allocated a number in our central database, and that number is also written on the sample bag, so we can always find out what it is and where it came from.
|Preparation for washing|
A small section of each piece of fleece is transferred to a small glass vial. The sample number is also written on this vial. These samples are from Estonia: double coated fleeces in a variety of colours. The remainder of the sample is kept in a fridge.
|Wash number 1|
Next: grinding the wool into powder in Part 2.