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Sheep are normally shorn between which months?

  1. April and June
  2. November and January
  3. August and November
  4. January and March

Sheep are normally shorn every year between April and June depending on the conditions. A specially trained person called a shearer carefully shears one sheep at a time.

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Wool is sent by farmers to the British Wool Marketing Board where it is checked and sorted. It is checked for things like colour, strength and quality. What is this part of the process called?

  1. Checks
  2. Grading
  3. Feeling
  4. Squishing

The wool is checked by experienced graders who must train for 5 years to learn how to do the job.

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Finish this sentence. A small sample of graded wool is sent to a testing ______. The tests show how the wool is made up.

  1. Hut
  2. School
  3. Bus
  4. Laboratory

A 1kg sample of the wool is tested and the results are collected. These results help people to know how good the wool is and how much it should cost.

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What is an auction?

  1. A place to get your car fixed
  2. A place to buy and sell items, such as wool
  3. A city in Spain
  4. A large supermarket

The sale or auction is held at the British Wool Marketing Board head office in Bradford normally every 2 weeks. Buyers use a computer system to bid on all the different types of wool.

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Which of these types of wool do you think would cost most to buy?

  1. Black or dark brown
  2. Grey and coarse (rough)
  3. White and soft
  4. Smelly and old

Because there are so many different types of wool the price can be very different too. Some of the grey coarse wools are quite cheap whereas some special wools can be expensive.

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The process of washing wool is called...

  1. Scrubbing
  2. Scouring
  3. Softening
  4. Soaping

Wool that has come straight from the sheep's back needs washing. This is known as scouring.

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Washing (scouring) the wool takes out dirt and what else?

  1. Natural wool grease
  2. Colour
  3. Paper
  4. Twists and tangles

Wool has natural grease in it, just like our hair. The grease taken from the wool can be used in other products.

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British wool is used to make lots of products. Which one of these can not be made from wool?

  1. Bedding
  2. Carpet
  3. Clothes
  4. Bowls

British Wool goes into many different products but the main areas are carpet, knitwear, bedding and insulation.

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When the wool is clean it is carded and combed. What does this do?

  1. Makes the wool a different colour
  2. Squashes the wool into balls
  3. Takes out any tangles and makes the wool straighter
  4. Makes the wool into a jumper

After scouring, the clean wool can be carded to remove tangles and to straighten the wool.

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Finish the sentence. Big machines are used to ____ the wool into yarn.

  1. Spin
  2. Brush
  3. Jiggle
  4. Shear

Wool is spun into yarn which is the thread used for making cloth or for knitting.

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What is yarn?

  1. What you do when you are tired
  2. Thread used for making cloth or for knitting
  3. Wool straight from a sheep
  4. Blue wool

Balls of wool are made up of yarn. Yarn is strong and can be used for making many different things.

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Of all the wool grown around the world, British wool is well known for being...

  1. Uncomfortable and hard
  2. Cold and itchy
  3. Red, white and blue
  4. Warm and comfortable

Of all the wool grown worldwide, British Wool is renowned for its warmth, durability, bounce and comfort.

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What is the symbol on the British Wool Marketing Board logo?

  1. An arrow
  2. A shepherd's crook
  3. A farmyard wall
  4. A rounded road

Through the shepherd's crook symbol, the British Wool Marketing Board promotes UK grown wool.

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