Study of wool characteristics in the Aranese ovine breed

P. M. Parés, J. Jordana, R. Pérezgrovas

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To date, no ethnological study on the wool characteristics of the Spanish Aranese ovine breed has been published. Fifty three animals belonging to this breed are tested as fleece samples. Each sample is analyzed for fleece type and length, yield by isoalcohol scouring, fiber length for each kind of fiber, variation in fiber diameter, and proportions of non-medullated and medullated or kemp fibers. Fiber length appears shorter than that previously reported for the breed by other authors. Fleeces of the Aranese sheep breed can be described as square, simple, semi-open and short with a relatively high yield by isoalcohol scouring and low medullation levels, thus indicating good potential quality and greater suitability for potential processing than other similar meat breeds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-126
JournalInternational Journal of Morphology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Fiber diameter
  • Fleece
  • Kemp
  • Medullation
  • Sheep
  • Yield

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