WOOL-BREAK IN SHEEP
IS A NATURAL RESPONSE TO STRESS
…It sure doesn’t look very nice, does it?
This loss of wool is called “wool-break” and it is a natural response
to a stress situation the sheep has recently encountered, for example an accident or trauma.
“What happens if you don’t shear a sheep?”
It is *likely* a wool-break could happen, depending on how “stressed” the sheep would be from not having its wool removed. Not all sheep will do so though. Ideally, a sheep with wool-break should be shorn as soon as possible (since it wants to shed its fleece any how!). This wool is never used as it has been damaged (within the fibre), and it is regarded as “dead” (it is not a living fibre anymore)
Thankfully, wool-break does not happen very often!