Wednesday, April 01, 2015

2015 Mature ewe micron results

I'm doing a multi-year comparison by sheep of my micron results starting in 2012 and I'm seeing changes where I think I should see changes.  For example:  Catherine was a bit under conditioned last winter, and the added strain of carrying twins at her age didn't help.  This year I made sure to constantly monitor her body condition and we supplemented her with grain.  There are also some differences in feed and pasture conditions from one year to the next.  This year's fleece results reflect the lusher pastures of last summer and the increased in alfalfa in our hay that we've been feeding.  Some of the yearlings from last year were on a lots that ran out of grass a bit sooner than the big pasture and I see the difference in that too.  All things that are interesting to track and which makes micron testing another tool to help us in our quest for answers determining how feed, climate and genetics affect our fiber quality.  It's not the only way to determine the quality of a fleece, but it's an additional one. 

If anyone would like to see my yearly fleece spreadsheet, just send me a private message and I'd be happy to share.  No secrets here.......just baffling data.  (big grin)

If you can't read the data, just click on the spreadsheet to bigify. 

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