A friend gave me a bag of Portland fleece. This is a less improved breed of sheep, considered to be closer to it's early counterpart, than many modern breeds. It is a pretty sheep, small,with a handsome face and horns. It is known to be easy to keep, has only a single offspring but can do so out of season. Interestingly, it is born red, but turns white within a few months The bit of fleece I got came from a very well kept sheep. It had virtually no VM. It wasn't greasy or dripping with lanolin.
It had a nice staple length of about 4 1/2 inches and a nice, regular crimp, though it's difficult to see in the photo.
The fleece was in lovely, well defined locks as well, and I debated whether to wash it all together or separate out the locks out into screen envelopes. I decided that since I'd intended to hand card it into rolags and spin it with the long draw, I could just wash the fleece without separating the locks.
Being a primitive down breed, the fibre is a bit on the coarse side, so it is definitely not for close to the skin. But that breeder should get kudos for producing excellent fleeces. This would make awesome mittens or outer wear. I probably should have saved some fibre out for a sample of worsted yarn, but the long draw was effortless with this fibre, so I went with it.