After delaying shearing for intense cold, then for Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I am desperate to get my sheep shorn. By waiting so long I risk having the wool felt on the backs of the sheep. Bluefaced Leicester felts if you look at it anyway. The heat of the animal, plus rain on the wool, produces felt. Big Jim Baldwin is coming June 7. I wish it was tomorrow. Shearing is the culmination of an entire year's work of forking hay, toting water and grain, and TLC. I don't sell animals for meat, or send them to auction. It's all about fiber. Wool is the Mother of All Fibers.