Shearin’ & Sellin’

It’s shearing time!┬áLots of hours here recently have gone into gathering, shearing, & sorting.

The shearing crew has spent several days shearing yearling billies & nannies. These nannies sheared about 4-5 lbs of mohair each. {On average, nannies produce 8-10 lbs of mohair annually.}

We decided to hold off on shearing the kids for another 4-6 weeks so their hair can continue to grow. Kid hair is our most valuable hair, which is why having it longer is best. Longer hair =more hair=more profit.

After the yearling billies were sheared, we sorted through them & selected keeper billies & sale billies. All others became ‘muttons’ (male goat that has been castrated). We castrate with a burdizzo (device with large clamp designed to break the blood vessels leading to the testicles). Once the blood supply to the testicles is lost, the testicles shrink, soften, & eventually deteriorate completely. We then tipped their horns so they are easily differentiated from billies.

Nannies were turned back into the pastures, while kids were put on fields. These fields have ample grass & are close by so we can keep an eye on them, all while they grow more hair!

On August 22nd, we sold just under 200 ram lambs at the Gillespie Livestock Auction in Fredericksburg. These lambs had been in the feedlot since weaning (mid-July) & have been fed a prepared ration in order to gain weight at a quicker rate. The Muslim Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha) was at the end of August, which is why this was an ideal time to sell the lambs. Muslims sacrifice a domestic animal (typically sheep) during this festival.