Yes, the knotter always leaves those two short pieces... I find they usually fall off long before they ever get to the barn tho.... but all of mine are handled and stored on edge too. I was just curious about the reasoning because I've never ever heard of that before. Of all the things that the mills have bitched about in wool that's never one that was mentioned either... Granted, we don't feed squares to sheep either. It's been all rounds for a long time.