Annual income from a sheep enterprise is derived from two sources, lamb and wool. Although a majority of the gross income is from the sale of lambs, wool also adds to this total amount. Siebert (1984) reported that in 1982 up to 21% of a sheep producer's total income from the sheep enterprise was from wool if the USDA Wool Incentive payment was included. Just how much of the total gross income wool contributes will vary, but "wool that is clean earns more green". In order to keep wool clean producers need to manage the wool crop not only at shearing but throughout the year.
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Thompson, James M., "Managing Wool for Increased Profit" (1985). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 16.