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What is Merino wool?

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Merino wool is made from the sheared fleece of Merino sheep. It is considered one of the softest and finest types of wool. Eighty percent of the world's Merino wool is made in Australia.

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Merino wool is most commonly used in outdoor athletic wear, such as running, cycling and hiking gear. The wool ranges from ultra-fine to strong with the finer grades being softer and more expensive. There are three varieties of Merino sheep: Poll Merino, Fonthill Merino and Boorla Merino. Merino sheep are originally from Turkey and central Spain and were brought to Australia in the late 19th century.

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