Shearing, Sorting and Packing Your Mohair

Helpful Hints

  1. SHEAR by groups in age order - youngest first and end with older males. Make every effort to avoid 2nd cuts (where the fibre is cut into 2 pieces) as this grossly devalues the clip.
  1. SHAKE out second cuts and short hair
  • REMOVE grossly stained fleece (but only the really dark urine stains) and remove all artificial stains. These may be bagged separately but the value may be less than the levy.
  • REMOVE severely seed contaminated fleece. These may be bagged separately but the value may be less than the levy.
  • REMOVE large thorns, leaves, pieces of hay and straw
  1. PACK similar fleeces together, compressed into BMM paper sacks and TIE securely with white natural fibre string. Do not overfill sacks or use cable ties.
  1. WEIGH AND RECORD your fleeces.
  1. BMM paper sacks are available from collection points and are pre-printed with headings for completion. Please PRINT clearly using an indelible pen on the sack. Use 2” letters for your name, BMM number (3 figure number) and circle grade or age of fleece (eg. kid, young goat, adult)

Make a copy of your bag information and total gross weight and send a copy with your fleece to your collection point.

STORE your mohair, if necessary, in a dry barn on wooden pallets.


USE polypropylene or other man-made string or cheap sacking to store fleeces, and make sure no man-made baler twine offcuts are in your fleece. One small piece, accidentally in a TOP, will mean the loss of a buyer for good.

PACK wet fleece – dry thoroughly before packing.

USE tie on labels – they get lost in handling.

If you have forgotten your BMM number please contact Dot Tyler. Tel: 01239 831282  email:

BMM bags are available at the collection points or from Stephen Whitley MRCVS Tel: 01494 861245 email: