You asked for a video of shearing day. It gives you the flavour of the masses of soft, lustrous mohair that we are dealing with. Bags and bags of mohair in black, grey, mocha and white are filling the deck and carport today. Some of these fleeces are so nice they beg to be processed by hand. The rest we’ll put through the Joybilee Farm cottage carding mill and process into roving. Mohair is beautiful for spinning into novelty yarns and using for felting embellishments. It resists felting on its own, though.
Our motto: Be kind to the goats. Be kind to the pasture.
The shearer is Phillip Copping from Armstong, B.C. Phil does the shearing demonstrations at the Rock Creek and Boundary Agricultural Fair. Phil made a special trip to Joybilee Farm to do our fall shearing and we were impressed with his gentleness with the animals and his care with the finished fleece. He tells wonderful stories about growing up on a merino and cattle ranch in Australia and learning to shear thousands of merino every year for his family.
Thanks for being so gentle with our animals, Phil.
You can read more about our shearing day here. Comments welcome.