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Goat coat care in the spring.

Discussion in 'Everything Else Goats' started by Carla D, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Jan 29, 2019
    Carla D

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    this may be a dumb question. But am I going to need to brush or trim my goats coats in the spring? They have pretty plush and really thick coats right now. Some of them even have super long hair along their backbone. Will this excessive winter coat be shed by them on their own or do I help them remove it? What method should I use if intervention is needed?
     
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    Yep, it'll shed out. All your fences will be covered with it LOL

    We have some goats that get a thick cashmere like coat- they look like hair sheep shedding off in the spring!

    We clip a lot of our dairy goats, so sometimes we brush them out to make it easier on the clippers, but you don't really need to do anything.
     
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    Carla D

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    Thank you. I think my daughter and I will be brushing them. They really love the attention. But, if they don’t like being brushed it will fall out on its own.
     
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    Brushing them is always a fun thing for kids and it also allows the goats positive hands on time with the family. :) Something else you can do is if you have any strong fence posts is you can attach brushes to them so the goats can rub on them. This will help the goats remove some of it on their own too
     
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    Kinda like people do for their cats and cattle? I hadn’t thought of that yet. Cool.
     
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    Yes exactly! I use to do something like it for our horses all the time but on a larger scale! I have seen people do it a few ways, taking cheap hard bristle brushes and drilling them and then screwing them into a post, I've seen people use push broom heads so they're bigger (so this would be good for bigger goats or if you have other animals), or an idea I recently found from one of my other local farm friends is they took a couple cheap plastic welcome mats meant for knocking mud off and wrapped them around the post.

    There are actual post attachments you can buy for this purpose but honestly they're expensive and there are so many other options that can be used :) Even when the animals aren't shedding sometimes they'll enjoy a good rub :)