Wool

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Marketing Specific Products page, starting with your state's agricultural resources.

 

Arizona Resources

Dine' be' Iiná, Inc. (The Navajo Lifeway)

DBI is dedicated to conserving the traditional Navajo Churro Sheep breed as well as to educate the community and the public about the importance of Navajo Sheep Culture and spirituality.

http://www.navajolifeway.org/

 

 

Colorado Resources

Glossary of Wool Terms
This glossary has been put together by the Colorado State University Extension. This is a useful glossary to learn the technical terms used in the wool industry.
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/livestk/01400.html

 

 

New Mexico Resources

Dine Woven
Roy Kady is a Navajo master weaver, teacher, and wool expert from the Teec Nos Pos area. (2004 SWMN Conference presenter)  

http://dinewoven.com

 

Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild, Albuquerque, NM
Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild was formed in 1971 by a group of spinners and weavers in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area to provide education and learning experiences for its members and increase the awareness of and appreciation for fiber arts. They offer workshops on dyeing wool with plants native to the Southwest.

http://www.lasaranas.org/

 

The Navajo-Churro Sheep Association, Ojo Caliente, NM

This is the nationwide association for the Navajo Churro sheep breed. The N-CSA currently has 160 members and over 4,090 registered animals.

www.navajo-churrosheep.com

 

Sheep Production and Management

This is an extensive manual published by the New Mexico State University about sheep production that covers selection and breeding, nutrition, health, space requirements, lambing, and more.

http://aces.nmsu.edu/sheep/

 

Slow Food: Ark of Taste: Navajo-Churro Sheep of NM

The Ark of Taste aims to rediscover, catalog, describe and publicize forgotten flavors.The Navajo-Churro is considered endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Only 2000 sheep are now registered with the Navajo-Churro Sheep Association. The Navajo-Churro sheep is a part of the Slow Food's "Ark of Taste" project.

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/ark_product_detail/navajo_churro_sheep/

 

Tierra Wools, Los Ojos, NM

Tierra Wools is a spinning, hand dyeing, and hand weaving workshop and a retail store. They buy local wool, wash it, spin it, and weave the yarn into beautiful weavings.

www.handweavers.com/

 

 

Other Resources

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Included are asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Founded in 1977, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is the pioneer organization in the U.S. working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.
http://www.albc-usa.org/

 

ATTRA Livestock Publications
The resources offered here deal with sustainable livestock production literally from the ground up. Pasture management, feeds and forages are covered by several publications, while others address care and management for specific animals and marketing of the products derived from them.
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/livestock/

 

Cotton and Wool Outlook
This is a newsletter published by the Economic Research Service of the USDA which is published 10 times per year. The publication examines supply, use, prices, and trade for cotton and wool, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Data is included on raw fibers and textiles.
http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1281

 

Handling and Marketing Wool
This is a resource website from the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension. The site describes grading and classifying wool, handling wool and improving the quality and value of your wool crop. Also includes links to wool resources in Maine and a list of wool terms.
http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/2070.htm

 

Alpaca, AGMRC

Informative page, including links to additional information and associations.
http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/livestock/alpaca

 

Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association
The mission of AOBA is to facilitate the expansion of a strong and sustainable alpaca industry through the growth and development of the national herd and its products. Information about how to subscribe to Alpacas Magazine is available on the website.
http://www.alpacaowners.com/

 

American Sheep Industry Association
ASI is the national organization representing the interests of more than 69,000 sheep producers located throughout the United States. From East to West, farm flocks to range operations, ASI works to represent the interests of all producers.
http://www.sheepusa.org/

 

Breeds of Livestock: Sheep
This is a service of the Oklahoma State University to help research the various breeds of sheep.
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/

 

Organic Trade Association: Organic Fiber Standards
Since the USDA standards do not cover organic processing of wool, the Organic Trade Association has developed organic fiber standards.
http://www.ota.com/AmericanOrganicStandardsforFiber.html

 

Organic Wool Fact Sheet
In order for wool to be certified as "organic," it must be produced in accordance with federal standards for organic livestock production. This document from the Organic Trade Association covers the standards necessary for certified organic wool.
http://www.ota.com/organic/woolfactsheet.html

 

Wool and Mohair Marketing Assistance Loan: Farm Service Agency of the USDA
Wool and mohair nonrecourse marketing assistance loans are nine-month loans that provide eligible producers with interim financing on their production. The loans facilitate the orderly distribution of loan-eligible crop throughout the year.
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=prsu&topic=col-nl-wm