ANGORA GOAT BASICS
sheared colored buck
I will be telling you in this section some general basics around raising angora goats both white and colored. Before you make your herd selection it is a good idea to both read books on angora goats and visit as many angora goat farms as possible and ask lots of questions. This is recommended BEFORE you buy so you will be sure this is an animal that you desire to raise as every animal deserves great care and all of God's creatures depend on us to be their care givers.
|MICRON COUNTS AND GRADES OF MOHAIR|
1 1/2 - 2 yrs.
2 1/2 - 3 yrs.
3 1/2 - 4 yrs.
4 1/2 - 5 yrs
5 1/2 - 6 yrs.
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|**It is recommended to shear twice a year - August and February**
(this is an approximate time table for Texas climates)
In your research you will find the angora goat is sought after for its fine and lustrous hair, which is called "mohair." Mohair in Arabic means "select" or "choice." This wonderful fiber produces beautiful yarn and cloth. Texas is the largest producer of mohair in the U.S. and the second largest producer in the world.
Once you have decided "Yes" this is an animal that you would like to raise for it's fiber for either you to use or for you to market it is a good idea to have a plan as to the size of your herd. You will soon learn it is very important to keep good records both for yourself in herd management and for "Uncle Sam" and your CPA.
The basics of good herd management of angora goats includes proper fencing, shelters, nutrition, vaccinations, worming, and knowledge of shearing and hoof trimming. For this information I will now recommend one of my favorite reference books Angora Goats the Northern Way by Susan Black Drummond.
To conclude this section on our web site I would like to share with you why I selected angora goats. First of all I am a spinner and love to spin mohair on my spinning wheel. I also have specialized in the much sought after naturally colored angora. The colored angora goats come in several natural shades of red, grey, black and some are tri colored. I also keep a few white angoras so that I have some white mohair to either spin or dye. Also in my plan I am keeping my herd small with some select stock yet enough of these beautiful goats to have from time to time a few to offer for sale so that others can share in the pleasure of raising them for fun or profit.
sheared doe and buck
Last Updated on : Wednesday October 17, 2012