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Do you shear dairy sheep and what is done with the wool?

Typically dairy sheep are shorn twice a year – usually about a month before they lamb and then another time when it is convenient later in the year. A dairy sheep can produce over 10lb of wool each year and it is heavy, particularly if it gets wet. Due to this weight dairy sheep are never allowed to grow 12 months of wool, meaning it is not long enough for premium wool sales. Wool of this type is usually sold to cooperatives that market it for carpeting and other industrial purposes.