Sorting has two stages – whilst shearing and then prior to packaging for despatch to the mill. All fibre needs to be properly sorted – we will not hand sort and clean fibre but simply repackage and return it to you. Processing costs are calculated on received weight so paying to transport and process contaminants which you can remove is a bit foolish. It will also raise the percentage of "processing losses". Lay the prime blanket on a mesh frame if possible, alternatively a clean table.

Pick out all the second cuts, bits of vegetable matter (seed pods, burrs, sticks, hay) as well as poop. Shake to loosen sand and dust – there is still a surprising amount of "stuff" in the fibre despite cleaning with the blower before shearing. The more foreign matter you remove the better your final yield will be and the more yarn you will get from the fleece that you send.