Sheep and Lamb Skins:
The Crossbred sheep are grown mainly for meat production. As such,
Crossbred sheep have a higher slaughter rate and these skins account
for about 60% of Australian sheep/lamb skin production. Skins are
assorted in three categories:
- New Season Unshorn Spring Lambskins
- Shorn lambskins
- Sheepskins from mature sheep
Skins are headtrimmed and placed in a slow turning drum with fresh
fine stoved salt containing bactericides and fungicides. Drums are
rotated for approximately 90 minutes. 2.5-3kg of salt per skin is
Good colour; free or nearly free of burr and/or seed; may include
light dusty but high yielding skins.
Light to moderate bury and/or seed and/or dusty and/or heavier
conditioned wool and/or discoloured wool. May include slightly damaged
Abattoir standard pelts of good shape may include light rib, free from
flay and knife cuts, free from seed.
Abattoir standard pelts may include light rib, neck and/or flank cuts,
slightly misshapen, light belly seed, otherwise similar to firsts.
Abattoir standard pelts may contain medium rib and/or light to medium
seed and/or cuts, misshapen. Prime area free of main defects.
May contain cuts and/or heavy rib and/or seed and/or misshapen, or
otherwise damaged. Badly damaged skins or inferior pelts are excluded.