Do any of you wash your sheep a week or two before you shear them? I've been reading a bit trying to find out more about this "yolk" stuff that my sheep have in overabundance. Some old publications I read indicate that washing sheep before shearing used to be common practice, but that farmers wanted to wait a while before shearing so the yolk would build up again. They'd get better prices for the wool, you see, if it washed- but washed wool didn't weigh as much because there was less yolk. I'm wondering if maybe I wash the sheep good next year, then maybe they won't have so much yolk and the shears won't get gummed up so bad. Has anyone else tried this?