The difference between Hair Sheep and Wool Sheep are the deciding factors for what type of leather they will produce. In this brief description, we will analyze the differences between these two breeds of livestock.
Hair Sheep originated from countries in the Mid East, Northern Africa and Morocco. Their origin plays an important role in their body’s fat content, hair follicles, and weight. Hair Sheep tend to be larger than their Wool Sheep counterparts. They have more hair fibers than wool sheep, and do not require shearing because their hair sheds naturally. Hair sheep also have much smaller hair cells than wool sheep. However, they are much larger than wool sheep. The only fat on their body is located at the top rear area of their backs.
Wool sheep are the other side of the coin for leather producers. This sheep species originated from England and New Zealand, and are smaller in size than hair sheep. Although they are smaller in height and length, they have much more fat on their bodies than other sheep.