Question: What is the reason that the nap of steerhide is "shaggier" than calfskin?

Answer: The reason the nap is "shaggier" is that the animal is older (might very well have been female as well, despite the name) . An older animal will always have a coarser fiber mat even in the corium. Which is why calf skin is considered the premier leather.
This opnion was first voiced in our Leather Quality and Properties Thread
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