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Merino

a fine-woolled sheep with unpigmented hooves used for fabric wool; males are usually horned (polled strains are available), females are polled. Originated in Spain, now many ethnic varieties. Classes of Australian merinos include Superfine (18 microns), Medium (20-22 microns), and Strongwoolled (23-25 microns). Other strains exist, e.g. Booroola, which has a much better fertility performance than average merinos.
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Merino sheep are shorn each spring, typically yielding 12-15 pounds of wool per animal; enough to produce five to seven base layer pieces or about 30 socks.
The process of adaptation of Australian merino sheep to the conditions of the Stavropol Region.
All sheep included in this study were 1-yr-old unrelated female Chinese Merino sheep from the farm located in Mission 165, agricultural division 9, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
A hundred of them got together and gave wool from their finest merino sheep.
With a broad range of premium ingredients and finished food products, the Speciality Food Festival provides a cornucopia of culinary delights -- from the finest wild caviar, artisan merino sheep cheese, exotic fruits and fresh organic produce, to special breed halal meats, exotic Moroccon argana oil and honey from the mountains of Iran.
This natural fiber, derived from Merino sheep in New Zealand, is soft on the skin, wicks sweat effectively, dries out quickly, is naturally odor-resistant--and is machine-washable to boot.
He charts Bonpland's activities within the context of the historical and geographical development of the countries, where he worked in occupations ranging from pharmacist to farmer to political conspirator, and his interest in experimental cultivation, the cultivation of yerba mate on a sustainable basis, and the breeding of merino sheep for wool.
In addition to an array of flowers and gardens, the ranch also features a rare herd of Merino sheep, Nubian goats, longhorn cattle, horses and chickens.
Once abundant in the Andes, this wild relative of the Llama suffered a sharp population drop in the 1960s due to international demand for its fleece, which is finer than that of the merino sheep.
Pink appeared in a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) video to boycott Australian wool when she heard that merino sheep have the skin from their bottoms cut off by farmers.
Merino sheep herds from New Zealand and Australia are renowned for their very fine wool.