Wool is shorn from sheep once a year, usually in Spring, before lambing. Mohair is shorn from Angora goats twice a year, usually in Spring, before kidding, and early Fall, so they can grow luxurious winter coats. The shearing is done in our shearing facility by a custom shearer who handles our animals with care. The animals are very calm and even get on the wagon voluntarily to come to the shearing shed!
Each fleece is bagged or tied separately and identified at shearing; later it is carefully spread and examined and foreign material (straw, burrs, chaff and matted fibers), stained and low-quality fiber are removed. The fleece is weighed to record individual animal production performance (for selection and breeding management,) and is evaluated and sorted for luster, fineness (softness) and staple length. All fleece can be used in some manufacturing process, even the stained and coarse fiber.