Pickled Sheep Pelts

 

New Zealand sheep pelts are split to produce oil tanned chamois leathers used for automotive care and grain splits used in fashion garments.

Following slaughter skins are cooled under controlled conditions for transportation to one of our processing sites. Skins are washed on arrival before being machine fleshed to remove excess fat and flesh. This process not only assists the penetration of chemicals to enhance the performance of subsequent processes but also improves pelt flatness which is demanded by our customers. After the wool is removed the slats are placed in vessels and processed through to pickle pelts. The pickle pelts are graded and packed for distribution to customers or prepared for further processing. 

 

Grade

Part Number

Description

Minimum Size
(SF / Pelt)

Packaging
(Dozen / Pallet)

Run Heavy S32600 Includes a combination of 1st and 2nd grades packed together. No major faults allowed in the main panel and not more than five minor faults allowed in the main panel. Short code: SRH 7.50 40-45 
Run Light S32605 Includes a combination of 1st and 2nd grades packed together. No major faults allowed in the main panel and not more than five minor faults allowed in the main panel. Short code: SRL 7.50 50-70 
Third Heavy S32610 Includes defective pelts from Run heavy and pelts that are of Run heavy quality that are less than 7.5 SF per pelt. Must not be less than two thirds of an intact sheep pelt. Minimum size relates to useable area. Short code: S3H 5.00 40-45 
Third Light S32615 Includes defective pelts from Run light and pelts that are of Run light quality that are less than 7.5 SF per pelt. Must not be less than two thirds of an intact sheep pelt. Minimum size relates to useable area. Short code: S3L  5.00 50-70 
Ribby S32620 Ribby is a breed related character and is most common in pelts derived from fine wool animals and consists of raised ridges in the pelt that run perpendicular to the spine. Pinhole is a consequence of fine wool breeds and will be present in this grade. This grade includes pelts as per Run heavy, Run light, 3rd heavy or 3rd light that exhibit light to heavy rib, but not blind rib or excessive heavy to lap rib, from below the shoulder mid-point to the butt. Mis-shapen pelts or pelts that have extensive open grain damage shall be graded as Merino. Short code: SRIB  6.00 40-45 
Merino S32625 Includes pelts with excessively heavy or lap rib. Includes all grades including defective pelts from Ribby. Short code: SMER  5.00 50 
Fourth S32630 Includes defective pelts from 3rd heavy and 3rd light. Minimum size relates to useable area. Short code: S4  4.00 40-50 
Pieces L32750 Includes defective pelts from 4th and Merino. Will be packed in combination with the equivalent lamb grade. At Fairton Heavy substance Ribby sheep whole pelts shall be graded separately as Sheep Pieces. Short code: SPCS  2.00 50 
Brands

Tomoana: Whakatu, Hawke's Bay - North Island

Fairton: Ashburton, South Canterbury - South Island