Lawrence company is changing how you think about sheep


January 18, 2024

A new company in Lawrence is changing how you think about sheep wool. Kestrel Ridge Pellet Company is turning under-utilized sheep wool into pellets to use as renewable, all-natural fertilizer for your plants. Photo by Elements by Kayla.

Megan Landes-Murphy founded Kestrel Ridge Pellet Company at Lawrence to transform how people think about sheep and the wool they provide. When you think of sheep wool, you probably think of clothing and yarn, but most sheep in the Midwest don't produce the fine wool needed to make that high-quality fabric. Nevertheless, these sheep need to be shorn every year because their wool doesn't stop growing. However, their wool is often of so little value that the price sheep producers sell it for usually doesn't even cover the cost of

shearing (their form of a hair cut.) Producers resort to burying or...

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