We've been shearing goats all week-end! Some people have asked me if October is too late in the year to shear but actually, it is not. In two weeks, the goats should have about 1/2 inch of fleece grown out and that's usually enough to start keeping them warm in the fall. Here's Ruby before shearing:
Isn't she adorable? She has fit in well with the rest of our herd. We kept her separated for about 2 weeks but the bigger goats were starting to butt at the fencing and it was getting rather bent up! So we moved Ruby in with all the other goats and they have been getting along just fine ever since. She is quite savvy and stays out of the way when she needs to.
Now here is Ruby, after shearing:
Quite a dramatic difference, wouldn't you say??? I have to admit that I think she is much cuter with all that fleece! So you know the old saying: it's just hair and it will grow back!!! How many times have we said that ourselves...LOL!
I do have plans for that gorgeous curly mohair fleece...back in August when I was at the Michigan Fiber Festival, I bought an Alpaca fleece that was a lovely fawn brown color and I think it will be the perfect thing to blend with Ruby's mohair! Once processed, it will be a dream to spin!