Cormo, a wool fiber, is produced by the Cormo Sheep. A Cormo is a registered, pure bred, sheep originally bred by crossing Corriedale rams with superfine Saxon Merino ewes. The wool produced by these sheep is of a true white color ( as seen in the above picture ) , 4 – 5 inch staple length
and in the 17-23 micron range (very fine). Cormo combines fineness with a staple length of fiber more manageable by handspinners. Cormo fleece is available on a limited basis. Each year our sheep are blanketed in order to ensure a beautiful, vegetable matter free, white Cormo or natural colored Cormo Crossed fleece available for handspinners. This premium fiber is available in limited quantities.
Why do we cover our sheep ?
The sheep are covered with a breathable fabric coat made by a company called Rocky Sheep Suits. We use the suits made for fine wool sheep. The coats keep the fleeces clean. The decision to cover the sheep fleeces came from our desire to use sustainable practices in our farming. Without the covers, the fleeces become embedded with dirt and debris (vegetable matter) from the sheep grazing in pastures, under trees and eating hay in the winter months. In commercial processing that debris is removed by treating the fiber in a process called carbonization. Carbonization is a process in which wool is placed in an acid bath , run through a very hot oven and then a series of crushing rollers. The idea is that the vegetable matter once altered by its encounter with the acid bath, is transformed into something that is more susceptible to being burned to a crisp in an oven ( carbonized ) and then removed from the wool by the crushing of the carbonized material. In our opinion, the practice of carbonization is neither ecological or sustainable. The coats, on the other hand, do not harm the sheep in any way, are re-useable for many years, reduce labor costs, and provide a product that customers ask for — a clean, debris free fleece.