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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
It's naked goat time! 
9th-Feb-2011 09:09 pm
Despite its late start, shearing went well today. No goats got more than a little nick, and no humans got smashed fingers. The shearer liked the general condition of my goats - healthy, good weights, etc. She liked how soft Goblin was, and was impressed at how well Jessie is holding onto her condition at her age. The little boys didn't have almost any lice at all, but the big boys had more of an issue. ::sigh:: Winter lice is such a pain.

Quixotic_Goat, Darkfyre_Muse, and GSH came out to help goat-wrangle. The shearing of the boys went relatively smoothly, all things considered. Loki was a pain in the everything, as is his habit. The girls were ok to shear, but we had some capture problems. Running around on the ice in that pasture was no fun either. Q_Goat slipped and went down pretty hard at one point, but he claimed not to be hurt. Sashimi required cornering and capture, and Mona and Dahlia escaped and required recapture. And so everyone is naked tonight, with plenty of hay and piles of fresh (put out this afternoon!) bedding to keep them warm.

It's well known among Angora breeders that shearing time is another excuse for smackdown among the goats. Everyone looks different, smells funny, and without all that hair padding them, someone might - just might! - be ripe for a set-down. So there was tail wagging and head tossing all over the yard this afternoon.

After watching the smackdown and Q_Goat taking pictures for a while, I snagged the camera and got a minute of video as well. So now you can see what happens when ALL of the big boys rumble. The commentary at the end is from Quixotic_Goat, of course.

10th-Feb-2011 02:34 am (UTC)
That's pretty funny there at the end :) Nice looking goats.
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10th-Feb-2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Talla still has a big foofy tail!

The shearer was headed south, and so I'm just hoping she made it to NC before snowfall.
10th-Feb-2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee!! Nekkid goats!!

I was starting to wonder why they were leaving Sancho out of their battles until towards the end. Ha - the three vs one at the end was quite amusing! Thank you for sharing!
11th-Feb-2011 03:04 pm (UTC) - Goats!
I've watched this video like four times now. It makes me happy.

'It's naked goat time!' goes on the list of things I really need more opportunities to say.
11th-Feb-2011 03:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Goats!
I'm glad to make your day a little sunnier.

Did you see this post? Here's what boys in rut look like... http://reedrover.livejournal.com/1139943.html
25th-Feb-2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Why do you shear in February? Is this typical in your area?
25th-Feb-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Angoras are shorn twice a year - breeding and kidding seasons. So I try to shear in Feb/March and in August/Sept.
25th-Feb-2011 02:08 am (UTC)
That's quite a crew of mature bucks you have there.
25th-Feb-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Why, thank you! Yes, they are a can of nuts.
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