1. A short history of the Scottish Mountain Black - face breed is given with particular reference
to the development of the fleece.
2. Data are presented of the analyses of the fleeces
of 150 Scottish Blackface rams of different
ages and of 40 ewe-hoggs aged one year.
3. The analyses were obtained from the examination
of four staples from the fleece, one from the
point of each shoulder and one from the point
of each haunch.
4. The three classes of fibres to be found in the
Blackface fleece are described -- wool, long
hair -like fibres, and kemp. Mention is made
of the varying character of the fleeces in
different parts of Scotland.
5. A description is given of the technique of
analysis for arriving at the count and weight
proportions of the fleece, on which the
discussion and conclusions are based.
6. Data are presented of the differential growth
rate of the fibre types and the shedding
periods of the classes of fibres are discussed.
7. The conclusions which are deduced from the
statistical treatment of the results of the
fleece analyses are discussed, and a short
speculative survey is made of the position
which Blackface wool holds or may hold in the
8. Graphs, histograms, and photographs explain
points of importance wherever possible and
summaries of statistical results are given.
9. Tables of analyses of the fleeces are appended.