I've been doing some shearing...slow going since this is the first time I've done it myself. I've done 7 sheep so far. 26 more to go I think (not sure exactly ). Anyways, my dorsets wintered in a pasture with lots of burrs (pasture was undergrazed and not mowed when it should have been). Is there any use for the fleeces that are no good for spinning? Is it any good as a bedding, or does it just absorb bacteria? The wool from their backs is mostly good. Probably not for spinning since I made 2nd and probably 3rd cuts since I'm still learning. Or would it be more trouble than its worth to try to do anything with it? The burrs make shearing difficult and its hard to get a good hold on the skittish yearling ewes when they have burrs all over. I'm finding my neck crook VERY useful! I'll be glad when all the sheep are sheared!