Hamish's Gotland ewes relinquished their woolly coats the other weekend.
when I called around yesterday.
(Note the black merino ewe with the white patch on it's head).
They were ready for the old coat to go as their spring growth is already showing. Hamish told me the colour of their new coats is different initially and lighter and these tips are more susceptible to felting when their fleeces get longer. Since Gotlands put so much effort into quickly growing length into their fibres, a better spinner's fleece is produced if the tips are removed later on without the staples being short.