Monday, August 17, 2009

Goatucation - Is a Goat's Fur Soft?

I have been searching and searching and I can't find who asked me this very interesting Goatucation question. I am very sorry I can't give credit. I hope whoever asked will forgive me. I am sometimes a less than organized goat. But here we go with the answer....when a kid is born their fur is very soft, just like a child's stuffed animal. In fact the publicist loves to pet the goatlings because they are so soft. Their fur is also quite thick to help keep them warm. You can see how soft and fluffy both Kevin and Harry look as very young kids:




Kevin's fur is now changing over to adult goat fur which is rather like short human hairs. It is rather coarse and from what I can understand it can be spun. You can see the difference in this picture of Kevin now at two
months old.


When Winter comes on we grow a soft underfur that keeps us warm in the cold, cold temperatures here in Montana. Even though there might be snow on the ground and the thermometer reads in the teens or below we goats will be warm thanks to this underfur. But it leads to Shaggy Time in the Spring. You remember Shaggy Time!



The bucks grow lots of long fur to keep them warm in the Winter and then they shed it for the summer. See the differen
ce in these photos of Michael? (He still has a bit of the shaggy on him)



So I guess the answer to the question is yes, a goat's fur is soft but it is most soft when the goat is a kid!

Tune in tomorrow to see who was sneaking some beet greens!!!

13 comments:

  1. They are so cute! I do have a little fear when in a petting zoo, though :)

    Stopping by from SITS!

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  2. Awwww, they look so cute and cuddly when they're kids. I want to take them home!

    Glad you can finally see my banner! lol!

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  3. Our little Ben's fur was so soft! I had wondered how long it would stay that way. The two adult goats' fur is coarser but still soft to the touch.

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  4. well, i will take you goats on hair-wise! i am quite thin right now because i lost my undercoat and just have my long hair. in not too long i will look like one of those white dandelions that is about to blow in the wind. i get so fluffy that my big head actually looks small! teddy

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  5. You didn't mention that the fuzzy stuff they grow in the winter is cashmere. Amazing huh! I now know why those sweaters cost a fortune. It would be so much work to clean and spin enough for a single sweater!

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  6. I didn't know the fur would be so soft!

    I am wondering if when they are born all of their spots and coloring carry through into adulthood or does that change over time?

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  7. Very interesting information and we loved seeing the pictures! Those photos of little Harry and Kevin are so cute and Michael demonstrates the shaggy fur perfectly!

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  8. I cant remember if you told us already, but do you allow the publicist to brush or shed out your goats like we do for the horses? Or do you just let nature take its course?

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  9. Days of Whine - thank you for visiting my blog. Petting zoo goats CAN be undisciplined, I agree. We Happy Goats are very well behaved.

    Pooba - they are cute. Just like human babies. Then they grow up.

    Statch - just like baby hair, huh?

    jaz and teddy - I guess your fur will be good for the birds, huh?

    Carolyn - we have to keep warm somehow. It gets cold here in Montana.

    blueviolet - we will answer your question in a future goatucation. Thank you for asking.

    BeadedTail - he is a shaggy dude.

    Julia - we does like to be brushed but the bucks are somewhat troublesome as you can imagine.

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  10. I wish I could pet your furs!

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  11. I was the one wondering about the fur, thanks for the answers! I especially like the photos of the really shaggy fur,must be itchy!

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  12. awww, i want to give the bahbey goats chin scritches and pet their furs!!!!!

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  13. Daisy - thank you. I would enjoy that. I'll bet yours are softer.

    Marlene - the shaggy fur is stinky 'cause it's on Michael. Heh heh heh heh

    Grumpster - they would love that. I'll bet you would too!

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