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Which of these animals does wool come from?

  1. Cow
  2. Horse
  3. Dog
  4. Sheep

Wool comes from sheep which have a thick woolly coat called a fleece.

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What do sheep eat?

  1. Insects
  2. Birds
  3. Trees
  4. Grass

Sheep eat grass. This is known as grazing.

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How does wool keep sheep warm?

  1. Their wool attracts sunshine
  2. Their thick woolly coat traps warm air to stop warmth leaving their body
  3. Sheep wear hats, socks and scarves made from wool
  4. They live in hutches covered in wool

Sheep stay warm in winter because their thick coat traps warm air to stop warmth from leaving their body. If we wear a sheep's wool jumper it does the same for us!

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What is a sheep's thick woolly coat called?

  1. A jumper
  2. A hide
  3. A skin
  4. A fleece

A sheep's thick woolly coat is called a fleece.

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What is it called when the sheep's woolly coat is cut off?

  1. Shaving
  2. Sharing
  3. Shearing
  4. Swearing

In the warmer months, sheep have their fleeces cut off. This is called shearing and is a little bit like a haircut!

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Where do fleeces get sorted into different types?

  1. British Wool Marketing Board
  2. Milk Marketing Board
  3. British Wool Marking Board
  4. Fleece Sorting Office

The fleeces are sent to the British Wool Marketing Board where they are sorted into different types and qualities. This is called grading.

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Cleaning the grease and dirt from sheep's wool is called...

  1. Scrubbing
  2. Scouring
  3. Dyeing
  4. Combing

Wool taken straight from a sheep can be dirty. The wool must be cleaned to get rid of the dirt and any grease. This is called scouring.

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What are used to turn the wool different colours?

  1. Dyes
  2. Paints
  3. Crayons
  4. Special lights

When a sheep is sheared the wool is a white, cream, beige, brown or black colour. To make wool colourful, special dyes are added to it.

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Which of these is false?

  1. A sheep is a living thing
  2. Wool is natural
  3. Sheep eat grass
  4. Some sheep are blue

There is no such thing as a blue sheep!

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How often can sheep grow a new coat?

  1. Once a week
  2. Once in a lifetime
  3. Every day
  4. Once a year

As long as there is grass to eat, a sheep will grow a new coat every year.

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What is carding?

  1. Counting sheep
  2. Getting the tangles out of wool
  3. Feeding sheep
  4. Making wool different colours

Wool is carded to get tangles out.

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How is wool made into yarn?

  1. By spinning
  2. By stirring
  3. By washing
  4. By scrubbing

Big machines are used to spin the wool into long strands called yarn.

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How long does it take to shear a sheep?

  1. About 2 hours
  2. About 2 days
  3. About 2 minutes
  4. About 20 minutes

A specially trainer person called a shearer can shear a sheep in about 2 minutes.

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