There is quite a bit of preparation to get ready for the shearing. The shearer needs a level clean place to work, and the fleeces need to be bagged and tagged with which ewe or ram they came off of. The fleeces need to be kept clean from dirt and straw, and then placed on a skirting table and skirted. Skirting is removing the breech wool and any wool that is too contaminated with VM or manure to provide good clean wool. Luckily my sheep are pasture raised, and the wool is generally pretty clean, I skirt probably 25 % of the fleece to get it ready for sale or to send off to be made into roving or yarn. I love the many different colors I get from my flock. Only the best will make it to my wheel. Unfortunately the farm and my job makes it difficult for me to find time to spin more than one or two fleeces per year, and this year we sheared 36 ewes and a ram!