I would like to set up some way of autmatically farming wool from sheep in Minecraft. I have a farm, but unfortunately, sheep do not shed wool when they die. So all I get is leather, feathers and eggs. There was a suggestion involving pressure plates, dispensers and snowballs, but there is no more snow in beta. Does anyone know if sheep shed wool when they are damaged by cacti?
Any other suggestion on how to pull this off?
[I know that farming spiders is an alternative. But I would really prefer to use sheep.]
Does anyone know how far away you may walk from a mob before it despawns?