To say that we have a rag-a-muffin looking trio would be an understatement. Our three whethers are in full, loose-the-winter-coat, mode. The unwanted wool fiber hangs, dangles, and is deposited on anything and everything they rub up against. You don’t shear these guys like you would a sheep.
Some of it is so loose, you can literally pull handfuls of the stuff off of their backs….it’s kind of fun actually. Since the loosening fluff makes them kind of itchy, they seem to like the feeling when the fiber is pulled. Using their horns, they scratch their backs and sides in the hopes that they will rid themselves of their extra layer. Some of the wool will gather on the tips of their back scratchers, and dangle. Poor little Clark, the black/grey whether to the left in the video below, has horns that turn forward…his back scratching capability is a bit more challenging.
Don’t you just want to give that overcoat a tug….
They have a bit to go….Montana (the brown goat) seems to have gotten a jump on the rest….but they will eventually get all that extra fiber off. We hope to get some things around their enclosures that they can rub on…in the meantime, trees and branches seem to do the trick.
I’m looking forward to their smooth, sleek coats of summer….and so does Lott!!
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! Thank you for visiting the farm today!
You friend from Oregon,
P.S. Ever wonder what doing dishes on the homestead really means??