This fiber comes from the United States.

"Gulf Coast sheep, also known as Gulf Coast Native sheep, Woods sheep, and Native sheep, descend from the Spanish flocks brought to the New World by explorers and settlers beginning in the 1500s. The genetic origins of the Gulf Coast breed are not known, since a wide variety of types and breeds of sheep existed in Spain at that time. Churro sheep, multi-purpose animals used for meat, milk, and coarse wool, were commonly brought to the Americas by the Spaniards, however, and may well have contributed to the breed’s foundation. At the same time, the Gulf Coast’s fine wool suggests a contribution from pre-Merino types as well." from The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

This fiber is a fine wool, with a staple length of about 2-1/2". Due to the breed's history, there can be much variation in fineness, staple length and color in Gulf Coast fleeces (most are white, but black and brown also occur).

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Listing: Critical. For more information, please see: http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/gulfcoast.html

 

Gulf Coast ~ Natural Soft White ~ RB11-30
Price: $4.50