Thinking about fiber animals? There’s a market for that

Scottsbluff Star Herald
By: Spike Jordan
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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MITCHELL – This is the first year that Jewel Brunmeier of Minatare has judged the 4-H Fiber Animal Show at the Scotts Bluff County Fair, but she’s no stranger to working with wooly sorts.

She’s been a hand spinner for 15 years, and works for Red Barn Fiber Processing. She’s raised Romeldale/CVM, Coradale, Rambouillet, Teesdale and Merino sheep, as well as Angora and Cashmere goats and Llamas.

The fiber animal show at the Scotts Bluff County fair is intimate. Instead of a big crowd packing the bleachers, onlookers gather on the edges of the arena as the 4-Her’s take turns showing Alpacas and Karakul sheep.

Karakuls are a breed native to central Asia, but are now raised in several countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The newborn lambs usually have tightly curled black fur. A large percentage of the lambskin is classified as Persian lamb, though it is also known as karakul, broadtail, krimmer or astrakhan, according to the quality and tightness of the curl.

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