Most sheep produce a merchandisable, usable fiber. However, the amount and quality varies from extremely high levels in sheep such as the Australian Merino to the meat-type breeds that usually produce minimal amounts of fiber. Most of the variation in fiber producing ability of sheep is a result of selection. Emphasis placed on fiber production in the U.S. varies greatly. The part that fiber production should play in a production system in the present and future of the sheep industry is subject to a great deal of debate among both producers and academicians.
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Kott, Rodney; Hatfield, Pat; and Schuldt, Mike, "Wool vs. Lamb Production" (1999). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1999. 4.