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Targhee Top

Targhees at Jondaryan Station, in Southwestern Saskatchewan. ©Dwane Morvik. Used with permission.

Targhees at Jondaryan Station, in Southwestern Saskatchewan. ©Dwane Morvik. Used with permission.

Breed History

Targhee sheep were first bred in 1926 by the USDA Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, from a cross of Rambouillet rams and Corriedale and Lincoln/Rambouillet ewes. They are particularly well-suited to the western ranges of the US and Canada.

Fleece Facts

Targhee fleeces weigh 10-14 pounds and have a staple length of 3-5 inches. Their wool is typically between 22-25 microns in diameter. It has dense, rectangular locks with a fine, even crimp.

Preparation

Top processed in the US from Canadian-grown wool

Texture and prickle factor

This Targhee top is very fine, with a plush, spongy texture that spins into bouncy yarns that are next-to-skin soft. It’s a 1 on the prickle-factor scale.

Spinning hints

This wool loves to be spun into fine, worsted yarns that are smooth and very elastic. Try spinning it from the fold if you want your yarn to be loftier.

Undyed Targhee top

Undyed Targhee top

Targhee top in Gummi Bear

Targhee top in Gummi Bear