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Grooming

Submitted by Teri on Sun, 10/15/2006 - 8:56am.

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GROOMING

Hoof trimming is necessary when you see growth start to curl under and form a flap over the sole of the hoof. Goat hooves can grow uncomfortably long in a short amount of time. A goat can become crippled if their hooves are left unattended for too long.

Goat hooves vary in how often they need to be trimmed. Fast growing hooves may need trimming every three weeks. Slow growing hooves may not need trimming for 2 months. If you trim your goat’s hooves on a monthly basis, your goat will get used to the routine and they will learn to stand still.

Shearing of the Angora goat is routinely done in the spring after the worst of the cold weather. They are routinely shorn once a year to harvest the mohair fiber. If treatment of external parasites is needed, this is the time to treat.

Dairy goat udders, abdomens, thighs, and tails are routinely clipped prior to kidding. Clipping these areas prevent hair and other contaminants out of the milk. In warm weather you can clip all of their hair. If treatment of external parasites is needed, this is the time to treat.

Shearing equipment should be properly maintained to prevent pulling instead of cutting. Some clippers heat up during shearing and should be checked often to prevent discomfort or burns. Any shearing wounds should be properly treated.

Identification can be determined by tattoo, ear tag, or microchip. Dairy goats are routinely tattooed in the ear, with the exception of LaManchas, which are tattooed in the tail. Ear tags are inserted into the ear using the appropriate applicator tool. Electronic microchips are inserted under the skin and require a hand held reader to determine the number.