The last sheep to be sheared was "U". Black sheep are always sheared last. This is done to keep the black
fiber from contaminating the white wool. "U" was sick this summer and her fleece had a "wool break", so it is no good for our purposes. When sheep are sick or stressed, their wool can develop a weak spot. The fiber breaks when it is combed or processed causing neps or pills in the yarn.
Next year she should have a great fleece!