Quote Originally Posted by Woolless View Post
Very interesting research, Curvebender. Would a Herdwick fleece be something similar?

Sounds like kemp evolved for the benefit of the sheep, wool was bred onto them for the benefit of humans.
Yep, the Herdwick which is arguably the hardiest breed of all has the same kemp insulation system in operation, found this on a website:

The fleece Herdwicks grow consists of several types of fiber: a relatively soft, woolly undercoat that keeps the sheep warm; a hairy outercoat that repels water (Herdwick wool gets wet more slowly and dries out faster than other wools); heterotype hairs, which change their character depending on the season (warmer in winter, more moisture-resistant in summer); and kemp, that wiry, stiff, twist-resistant fiber that in most other breeds is strictly discriminated against.