Merino Sheep Ready for Shearing at Firestone Farm in Greenfield Village, April 2014

Summary

Nineteenth-century wool producers preferred wrinkled Merino sheep. More skin yielded more wool, which shearers carefully cut away using blade shears. Ultimately, electrically-powered mechanical shears became more practical. Shearers operating these much faster tools had difficulty navigating around wrinkles, and farmers began breeding out the now undesirable trait. The Merino sheep at Greenfield Village have been selectively bred back to resemble their wrinkly ancestors.

Nineteenth-century wool producers preferred wrinkled Merino sheep. More skin yielded more wool, which shearers carefully cut away using blade shears. Ultimately, electrically-powered mechanical shears became more practical. Shearers operating these much faster tools had difficulty navigating around wrinkles, and farmers began breeding out the now undesirable trait. The Merino sheep at Greenfield Village have been selectively bred back to resemble their wrinkly ancestors.

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Digital imaging

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Black-and-white (Colors)

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