“Nearly all wool is saleable somewhere,” said Tom Colyer, sheep farmer at Greenwood Hill Farm in Hubbardston, MA, and President of the Massachusetts Federation of Sheep Association. Wool is ranked or priced based on the thickness in microns (thin is softer and more valuable) fiber length and the crimp. Short strands create garments that pill which customers do not want. The price paid will be based on the worst wool in that bundle. Prices range from 10 cents a pound to $1.50.
Remove as much vegetable matter as possible. Colyer urged separating the various categories of wool (bellies, skirt, legs, crowns or heads and main body). You will earn much more money with separate bundles or packages than if you put all your wool together. Keep the tail sections for your water baths, as mulch or just compost them. [more]