The goats were sheared yesterday - just in time for the real summer heat to start up. It's supposed to be in the mid/high 90's tomorrow. We had a couple of nicks and scrapes, but nothing like Summer's broken horn or Pan losing part of an ear. With Jared and Cookie gone, the biggest goat was Ari, and his hair isn't anything near as sticky as his grandfather's was*. The fleeces are mostly horrible, felted, matted, crappy piles of stinking wet hair. I should have sheared a month ago when we had our first hot spell, not a month into the heat with so much rain. Sigh. It's ok, though. I care most about the goats being less stressed. I have plenty of fleece, and I know I'll have more in another six months.
*But wow, he looks so much like Jared did at that age, especially the head and horns. It's a little uncanny. Besides being a grey goat, he doesn't look anything like his father, thankfully. Those bug-eyes weren't attractive and were very obvious right after shearing. Ari looks more like his uncle Scout (also sired by Jared) than his dad. The head-and-horns area are alike and easy to recognize.