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When shearing I divide my fleeces into four bags, 1) the prime (firsts) is the really nice, finer, consistent in length fleece that comes off the blanket area like on a horse's saddle blanket, 2) neck is obviously from the neck and is less consistent in fineness and length, 3) Seconds are from the lower neck and all the area just outside the blanket. It's very inconsistent and usually has considerable guard hair if this alpaca has some. 4) Thirds are the very least desireable from legs, belly, tail. I use this for garden mulch or offer it to the birds for nest building.
I don't usually sell my seconds or neck unless they are really nice. I save them for socks. Lots of folks use them for felting.
I lightly screened this fiber. It is very clean. You might even find some second cuts.
FYI.... some folks get confused with second cuts and seconds in fleece. Second cuts are what we call the little clumps of fleece that get into the fiber when the shearer goes back over where he/she has cut. It's best to remove them because they stay clumpy when carding and spinning.
You can go here to read about Rhodey's prime - http://www.etsy.com/listing/99615238/beige-alpaca-fleece-rhodey-8-ounces
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