- Angora goat
The Angora goat (Lang-tr|Ankara keçisi) is a
goatfrom the Angoraregion in Anatolia, near present-day Ankara, Turkey.
This breed is first mentioned in the time of Moses, roughly 1500 B.C. [ [http://daisyshillfarm.com/My_Homepage_Files/Page2.html Angora Goats History ] ] The first Angora goats were brought to Europe by
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, about 1554, but, like later imports, were not very successful.
fleecetaken from an Angora goat is called mohair. A single goat produces between five and eight kilograms of hair per year. Angoras are shorn twice a year, unlike sheepwhich are shorn only once.
Angora goats are more susceptible to external
parasites (ectoparasites) than similar animals, as their coats are denser. They are not prolific breeders, nor are they considered very hardy, being particularly delicate during the first few days of life. Further, Angoras have high nutritionalrequirements due to their rapid hair growth. A poor quality diet will curtail mohair development.
For a long period of time, Angora goats were bred for their white coat. In 1998 the
Colored Angora Goat Breeders Associationwas set up to promote breeding of colored Angoras. Now Angora goats produce white, black (deep black to greys and silver), red (the color fades significantly as the goat gets older), and brownish fiber.
United States, Turkey, and South Africaare the top producers of mohair.
American Angora Goat Breeders' Association
Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association
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