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- All goats are susceptible to cold, particularly in wet windy conditions.
- They have little fat below the skin and little grease in their fleece.
- They need shelter from bad weather at all times particularly after shearing.
- Many farmers cause cashmere and cashgora goats a great deal of suffering by shearing them in late winter/early spring then failing to provide sufficient shelter and food.
- Feral-type goats are seasonal fibre producers.
- After shearing in August or September goats don’t grow a significant replacement coat until after the longest day in December!
- When feral-type goats have been shorn, they must be given good shelter and extra feed, not just for several months after shearing but until their coats have grown sufficiently to provide good protection from the elements.