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Success Guide For Raising Healthy Goats
Success Guide For Raising Healthy Goats
Felicity McCullough

Success Guide For Raising Healthy Goats

 
   

Goats Of Gold Angora Goats

Angoras are an ancient goat breed used for their fibre, commonly known as hair.

Goats are capable of producing two types of fibres: Cashmere and Mohair.

Angoras produce Mohair fibres. The word Mohair derives from the word Muhaya meaning "cloth of bright goat hair."

Angora Goat Golden Fleece
Angora Goat's Golden Fleece
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They are highly prized hairs that are used to make clothing either alone, or blended with other natural fibres, such as wool.

It takes up dye very easily as well.

Do not confuse Angora wool, which comes from Angora rabbits with Angora goat mohair.

Angora Goat Doe
Angora Goat Doe
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The breed comes from Turkey, where the sale of their fleece was banned for a long time.

Angora Goat Buck
Male Angora Goat
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Eventually, though, in the 19th century, the ban was lifted and the Angoras were imported to Texas and South Africa.

Angoras arrived in the UK in 1981 from Australasia, Canada, Spain and France.

The Spanish and French Angoras introduced South African bloodlines into the UK.

Crossbreeding Angoras with Mogis, will produce a cross-breed known as Cashgora. Their hair is a mixture of Cashmere and Mohair.

Goats produce about an inch of mohair a month with an average annual yield of roughly 14 kilos.

Angora Goat With Young Angora Goat

Angora Goat With Young Angora Goat
Capra Hircus Angorensis
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The fibre is usually sheared twice a year, making the average yield per shearing around 7 to 7.5 kilos.

The fibre makes soft, lustrous and hard-wearing fibres. In fact, it is so hard-wearing that the hairs are sometimes called "diamond fibre."

It is used to make cloth, clothes, yarns and textiles.

Angoras are good for fibre, meat and skins.

Angora goats produce little milk and do not make very good mothers.

They produce a single coat of hair, which is different from most other breeds, which produce two coats; one with coarse outer hairs and the other an undercoat with downy hairs.

Cashmere is actually the undercoat.

In fact, if the Angora does produce coarse hairs, it is considered a fault. These coarse hairs are called kemp, or medullated fibres.

Angoras are not robust goats.

Sheared Angora With Horns
Sheared Angora With Horns
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As is the case with other breeds, they require high levels of protein and energy, especially during early growth, as well as during reproduction, gestation and lactation.

The hairs on the backside, as well as the teat area, usually requires clipping to keep the goat cleaner and to provide access for the kids to nurse.

Sheared Angora Goat

Sheared Angora Goat
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In terms of temperament, Angoras are more laid back and tend not to fight as much with each other, as other goats.

They are also far less mischievous.

 

 
Felicity McCullough  
4th March 2016

 

 

Success Guide For Raising Healthy Goats
Success Guide For Raising Healthy Goats
Felicity McCullough
Success Guide For Raising Healthy Goats

 
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Angora Goat Golden Fleece

Copyright: James De Mers


Angora Goat Doe

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. "Angora goat ewe." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Male Angora Goat

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. "Angora Goat ram." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Angora Goat With Young Angora Goat

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Angora Goat (Capra Hircus Angorensis)." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

 

 

 

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