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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by gixer, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. JimH

    JimH Trail Blazer

    Interesting stuff, I'm not the target market for a £2K+ suit, but this article made me think about a few things:
    • I didn't know we have Merino sheep in the UK
    • Why do we breed sheep in Britain where the wool is effectively worthless?
    • What else could you make from a woven Merino cloth?
    • Would/could it work better for some garments than something knitted?
  2. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Section Hiker

    The overall flock size of merino in this country is very small, there is a niche market for the wool, among those who care about provenance.

    Most sheep in this country are for producing meat, you can eat Merino meat, but the carcass doesn't have the finish quality that the butcher usually requires.

    The high percentage kemp wool of upland breeds normally goes into carpets etc.
    Its their babies, which are crossed with a meatier tup breed, and then fattened on lowland pasture that we eat.
    The wool from those crosses goes to cloth, and yarn manufacture

    Wool used to have some monetary value thirty or so years ago, but due to its declined use in clothes manufacture in the face of competition from oil based synthetics, the sale value of a sheep fleece barely covers the cost of shearing - Shearing is really hard work, and tough on your back. Its a specialist piece work occupation, which doesn't pay so very well for the effort.

    who knew there was a secret sheep nerd on here?

    A friend brought some merino jersey cloth back from New Zealand - looks lovely - but yet to be crafted into something.
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  3. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    I had a go shearing some Jacobs twenty something years ago, would have done a better job with a chain saw! Respect to any one who does it for a living :eek:
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  4. Taz38

    Taz38 Trail Blazer

    I tried clipping my double coated collie, a working breed that has a dense woolly undercoat, she looked like an extra out of sci-fi end-of-the world-film...:confused:...even professionals struggle getting her to look neat.
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  5. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Merino sheep don't do well in the damp UK climate. Their thick fine fleece tends to get water logged and doesn't dry out and then rots on their backs.
    They do better in Australia and the drier (+cooler) bits of NZ.
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  6. Taz38

    Taz38 Trail Blazer

    Alpacas seem to do okay though.
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  7. JimH

    JimH Trail Blazer

    What do they taste like? :)
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  8. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Section Hiker

    Annie says, not too bad...

    But the camelids also need access to dry shelter in our damp climate .

    Can we talk about capybyras next?

    I really like them.
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  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Lama is a bit like horse meat - I guess Alpaca is much the same.
    Guineapig is tasty but very fatty/greasy, bit like very rich flavoured chicken.
    Not tried Capybara :)
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  10. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Section Hiker

    The horsemeat I've had was a bit tough..
    Mole had foal :o o: this year, that was tender, (apparently :eek:)

    I guess there's more meat on a capybara
    (thanks for improved spelling Cathy :))

    But not sure if I could eat anything that cute n adorable.... They're pretty much all face :beaver:
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  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    First catch your capybara ………. :cool:

    - given their prowess in water and never moving far from it .
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  12. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Section Hiker

    Well that's a relief. :)

    I'd hate to think of too many falling prey, to hungry hikers.

    Interesting, that despite being rodents, their habits, and looks are somewhat like our beavers.

    And in similar vein were given 'fishy flesh status' for permitted Friday eating by Venezuelan Catholics.

    Another fine example of conveniently tortured logic, deployed to justify the unjustifiable :confused:

    - we have 'freed' beavers on the River Otter near us - howzat for random ?

    compiling a compendium of capabyra factoids - all contributions considered.
  13. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Capybara can run upto 35 km/hr………...says 'google' :)
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  14. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Seems both beavers and capybaras are considered large semi-aquatic rodents. Really wouldn't want to annoy either and get bitten. :D
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  15. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Section Hiker


    I believe both sorts are very peaceable vegetarian beasties :angelic:

    'Our' Beavers do classic 'sharpened pencil: effects on riverside saplings..

    Apparently capabyras are very friendly to all other creatures ... Isn't that nice?:)

    We should instigate an International 'Be as congenial as a capabyra' day / week? / month? - no let's make it all year.. " :biggrin:  :beaver: :biggrin:

    Lovely as they may be, they're darn tough to spell correctly :confuseded:
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  16. JKM

    JKM Section Hiker

    I don't want to be an accountant any more
    :( :arghh: :( :arghh:

    I want to be a lumberjack...:banghead:
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  17. JimH

    JimH Trail Blazer

    Anyone know of any villages in the Pyrenees offering "relocation incentives"?

    Sounds really tempting, and I already speak a little French, Spanish, and Catalan (about 4-5 words of the latter)...
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  18. Toot

    Toot Backpacker

    I ordered a kangaroo steak once. It took ages coming to the table. When I enquired what was taking so long and said it wasn't as if the darned things were being fetched fresh from Australia the waitress agreed... "Ah yes, bred locally but they're a bugger to catch". A kangaroo is a marsupial, not a rodent. I believe they kick and punch rather than bite. Just sayin'...
  19. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Kangaroo steak in the freezer section at Lidl just now. Ostrich too.

    - I've eaten and enjoyed both. :)
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  20. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    There's no place for Rhyming slang like that on here :eeker::roflmao:
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  21. JimH

    JimH Trail Blazer

    How's storm Caroline treating people?

    It's a bit breezy and damp down here in Kent, but nothing unusual.
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  22. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Nothing but a cold wind and plenty of rainy showers so far in Leeds, I see the white stuff is starting to fall in the 'Gorms though
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  23. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    ^ Very well indeed. The end of Autumn happened today. Pretty cloud formation tonight for the sunset, enjoyed whilst brushing the cobwebs off the axe and 'pons for the incoming dump of white stuff.
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  24. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Windy and damp last night and back to windy in Nottingham. Snow forecast for Sunday.
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  25. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    I heard 116mph in 'Gorms last night :eek:

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