ANGORA GOAT INFORMATION

The Angora Goat is originally from the district of Angor in Asia Minor. It dates back to early biblical history.

Early in the ninteenth century, mohair became a very valuable product. To increase the supply of mohair to export to European countries the Turks crossed the Angora Goat with common stock to increase the amount of fleece marketable.

Angora Goats were distributed to a variety of countries; a pair of Angoras were sent to Europe by Charles V in 1554. The Spanish government imported some of these goats in 1765 and twenty years later quite a number were imported to France. For some reason, none of these flocks were successful in establishing mohair production. However, Angoras taken to South Africa in 1838 has made the union of South Africa one of three leading mohair producers of the world, exceeded only by the United States and Turkey.

THE FIBRE

Mohair is very similar to wool, but it has a much smoother surface and smooth scale. Therefore, mohair does not have the felting properties of wool. It is a very strong fibre, elastic, with considerable luster, and takes to dying very well. Mohair is valuable as an upholstery material, for making coverings where strength, beauty and durability are sought.

DESCRIPTION

Among Angoras, both sexes are horned. The horn of the female is relatively short and round behind the head. It is seldom longer than 9-10 inches. In contrast, the bucks have a pronounced spiral which comes back and away from the head. Some mature bucks have horns reaching two or more feet from the head.

The Angora Goat is small compared to sheep or other goats. A mature buck will weigh between 180 and 225 lbs and only reach this after five years of age. The does fall into a range of 70 to 110 lbs.

Angoras have typically one of two different locks; ringlet or flat. In the ringlet type goat the fibre is carried in tight ringlets throughout its entire length and produces the finest mohair. The flat lock is usually wavy and more bulky in appearance.

Generally the Angora Goat does not twin as often as other goats, in fact, twinning is the exception.

The Angora Goat is the most delicate of goats and farm animals in general. They carry more internal parasites than sheep, are extremely delicate at birth, and the young need protection from cold or damp within the first few days. The mature goat is fairly hardy when in full fleece, but it cannot withstand cold, wet rains immediately after shearing. They stress out easily and extensive losses in Angora flocks have occurred after shearing or during kidding.

Brigitte with baby Mimsy