Compared to Romney wool (right), fine Merino wool (left) is much shorter, and much brighter and whiter. Merino wool is also a lot tighter, with all the fibres held together within the staple, and the crimps (bends in the fibres) are much closer together. The Halfbred, being a cross between the Romney and Merino, is halfway between the two.
Wool staples courtesy of Tectra Ltd
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