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Its been a big weekend so this is a good place to start. Both AMMO and Mohair Australia held their AGMs on Saturday 24th following the AMMO sale on Friday 23rd November. The mood of the industry might be described as subdued but supportive of the respective Boards. Charlie Bell was accepted as a Director of AMMO. (see News and Events for full story)

Why shearing between October and December is not a good idea.

Like most animals, goats tend to shed their coat in Spring. Merino sheep and Angora goats have been bred to hold onto their fleece and keep growing the fibre. But there is a residual, innate shedding cycle with hair follicles slowing in their activity in winter. This is followed by a low percentage (5 to 20%) of follicles ceasing production (resulting in the fibre shedding) and then beginning again to grow a new fibre. The shed fibres tend to weave their way through the fleece causing anything from a mild cross fibredness to a full Cot or mat. The advice is to shear before this situation creates a problem. The longer you wait (for a shearer or for a longer fleece) the worse things get. Early in the last century the Texans believed that it was the green grass in spring that caused the shedding. Not so. Studies on housed goats given a constant ration still shed and experiments with reversed day length produced a shedding after the artificial “shortest day”. While there are differences in flocks the solution to the problem is shearing time rather than selection against the problem. So don’t wait. Try to get the shearing done in August or September (and then February or March. DS