How to Shave a Goat

Courtesy of Sue Johnson (Ancient Valley Ranch) and Lisa Ohling (Ahart Acres)

Some Myotonic goats have a tendency to grow very thick cashmere that an owner may want to shave. Following are helpful tips on how to shave a goat.

  • The first step in preparing your goat to be clipped or shaved
    is to give them a good washing.

  • Brush your goat to get the hair as natural as possible and
    remove any loose hair.

Goat with Heavy Cashmere

One Side Shaved

Body Shaving

  • A full body clip is where you remove all the hair above the hocks and knees, leaving just a swish on the tail and trimming the hair just above the hoofline to clean up the pasterns.

  • Most people do a full body clip and use a #10 blade for the body, a #40 or #50 for udder, and #5 for face and pasterns.

  • Shave against the natural direction of the hair growth. It takes quite a bit of time to blend this clipping job into a smooth appearance.

  • If you choose to body shave your goat, do it two weeks before the show to be sure that there are no clipper marks.

Half and Half View

Shaving Under Legs

  • This photo shows how thick cashmere can be.
  • Be sure to shave under the legs in the goats armpits.

Shaved Rear Legs

Shaved Front Legs

  • Do not shave from the hock to the pastern.

  • I angle the cut at the same angle as the stifle muscle and then blend the hair with a #5 or #7 blade.

  • Do not shave from the knee to the pastern.

  • Again, I angle the cut at the same angle as the stifle muscle and then blend the hair with a #5 or #7 blade.
Shaved Tail

  • The tail needs to be shaved leaving hair on the tip like a brush. This photo shows the tail with to much tuff on the end.
  • While shaving the tail will make the goat look wider, it can also make the butt look narrow if too much hair is left on the tip (end) of tail.
  • I shave the underside of the tail almost to the tip as well.
  • On bucks, shave down to the scrotum to show his "twist" (from thigh to thigh).

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