Lambs are born with a wool coat and hair undercoat. Wool reaches halfway down flanks and chest (belly and crutch are entirely clear of wool). Most lambs start to shed in spring and will fully shed their first summer.
Wool loss depends on date of birth, season, nutrition and genetics.
Wool grows back in autumn. Sheep lose and gain wool each year.
Shed wool has no commercial value. It becomes mulch and is used by birds for nest building.
Advantages of Wool-Shedding
Nutrition is directed towards production of meat & milk - not wool.
Costs are cut dramatically - no need to shear or crutch.
No mulesing or need for tail docking.
No chemical treatment needed for fly or lice.
Ideal for organic lamb production.
Grass seed resistant.