Specs Overview
CURING

The curing method used by our company for dressing skins is wet salting by drum agitation.

After removal on the slaughter floor the skins are allowed to cool and then cured within a couple of hours. Specially prepared kiln dried salt, containing concentrations of bactericides and special fungicides is used exclusively in all processing.
DRUM SALTING

The skins are slowly tumbled for one and a half to two hours to ensure positive penetration of the salt and chemicals into the pelt. The skins are then stacked in flat piles for around 3 to 5 days to allow sufficient time for the body fluids to drain from the skins.
WOOL COUNTS

50/58 - Merino crossed with an English breed - therefore the term "crossbred". Produces quick growing, heavier "spring lambs" for meat production. Towards the 58's range this type is commonly referred to as a "fine cross" as the breed is tending more towards Merino fine wool characteristics.

58/64+ - Generally fine wool Merino are primarily raised for wool production. Tendency is for the ribbed effect of the Merino breed to be prominent.
SKIN QUALITY

1st Grade (Sound Dressing) - being of good shape, free from flay marks and knife cuts, free from seed. Clean fresh stack, may include light ribbing, especially about necks. This is commonly referred to as 1st grade when being quoted in specifications.

2nd Grade (Second Dressing) - may include light ribbing and skins with accasional neck and/or flank cuts and/or faults. It can be slightly asymmetric in shape. May show light belly seed, otherwise free, or practically free of seed. This is commonly referred to as 2nd grade when being quoted in specifications.

3rd Grade (Third Selected Damage) - may show cuts and/or medium ribbing and/or light to medium seed or be misshapen, but the prime area to be free from serious detect. This is commonly referred to as 3rd grade when being quoted in specifications.

Damaged and Broken - pelts showing heavy ribbing and/or seed damage and/or misshapen or otherwise damaged. This is commonly referred to as 4th grade when being quoted in specifications.