On March 16, about 200 sheep from Montana State University’s research flock were relieved of their annual wool fleece, and a one-of-a-kind new machine designed by the university’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) was put through its paces.
Unlike other older machines used to assess the quality of wool, the one designed by MMEC is faster and portable, said Whit Stewart, a sheep specialist with Montana State Extension and an assistant professor of sheep and wool
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