I didn't finish shearing my goats until last Monday--I think mid-June is the latest ever. It took me forever this year. I have had a terrible time with my shearers over-heating and it has been very frustrating. Last Sunday, I was determined to get Moses all finished. He was such a brat this year and Bawled and Screamed and Fought the entire time. I had to use scissors more than half the time. I had him tied to one leg of a big table in the middle of the shop and at one point, he ran off, pulling the table leg away with him. Everything--fencing supplies, mohair, extra shearing blades, medications, olive oil, machine oil, nails, hinges--feel on the back of my neck and onto the floor in a shower of debris. What a mess and so disconcerting! At least with Moses trailing the table leg, he was easier to catch again--the board got stuck in a tree root. I sat on him, persisting until he was all finished and now he is looking great! When I finally got up to let him go, my whole body was cramped and sore. Is this all worth it? I must say, though, his fleece was beautiful this year.
Angora goats rule!
Thank you, Lord, for my job, my home, and goats!