One of the definitions of Rut:
"A narrow or predictable way of life, set of attitudes, : dreary or undeviating routine."
This was meant, I am sure to apply to humans, but I always seem to find similarities in behavior of the Animal world and "us humans".
For Goats, being a ruminant animal, "Rut" refers to the mating season.
During Rut, a buck who is normally friendly, always wanting a scratch on the head or a neck rub has one thing on his mind. Nothing you do to distract him will work. It makes you wonder "Where did this Crazy Goat come from?"
Once the "Rut" is over and the buck has accomplished his job ( and done it well), he will be back to the nice, calm, wanting a treat, lovable goat.
Sometimes people fill like they are "Stuck in a Rut", and wish they could get out of it.
I find myself thinking of new goals to accomplish but even then, sometimes when you procrastinate starting something new it makes you feel like you are in an even deeper Rut.
How do you get out of your Rut?
What would you do?
Only one more Angora Goat to shear and it will be finished for this go round. Angoras need to be sheared two times a year and most people in Texas shear in August. It is extremely hot by August so I did start a bit earlier for some.
Even though I only have 11 of them, it takes this Newbie, self taught Shearer a while to complete. It has been a learning process and what started off taking me up to 4 hours to do can now be done in 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
I shear my goats while on a stand. The one on one time spent while shearing and hand clipping that you can't get with the shears, is a special time. For the most part, the goat seems to appreciate the tender care they receive. I have found that usually after their first clip, they become more friendly and seek the one on one attention. It's kind of like going to the beauty salon. You feel relaxed and pretty when you are done.
Between shearings, there is Raw Mohair Fiber to be washed 3-4 times per fleece, then skirted and picked through to remove as much Vegetable Matter like hay, and other stuff from the fleece. It is quite a process me but I love it. Once a fleece has been cleaned the Mohair is amazing soft and the luster is absolutely beautiful.