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  • From: Lucky Pittman <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] Wool tags as mulch
  • Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 08:57:19 -0600

Folks, as a follow-up to the ongoing discussion about using wool as a
mulch, this response came across the Grazersedge discussion list, where
they were also discussing the same topic. I'd not considered the
dung/urine component of dirty wool, but depending upon the level of
soiling, it could conceivably be source of N, resulting in some enhanced
growth in plants mulched with wool.

>Mark Ludwig wrote:
> > Chris,
> > What's a wool tag?
> > Mark
>did anyone answer this?
>When the fleece is shorn it goes onto a slatted table for skirting, that
>is removing the less valuable parts. Wool tags
>specifically are the dirty dung tags off the back end of the sheep, but
>are used more loosely as all of the material removed from
>the fleece. The skirtings go into several different barrels, depending
>upon length and type of contamination (bellies, paint,
>dung, vegie matter). The short material that falls through the slats
>and the dung tags have the lowest value and at present
>are not even sellable as the transportation will eat up the value of the
>wool. As pointed out they may be rich in other

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