Angora Goat

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Other common names: Ankara keçisi

The basics:
The Angora Goat is an ancient breed, with records of the use of goat hair for clothing appearing as early as 1500 B.C. "Mohair", the name given to the fleece of Angora Goats, is derived from the Arabic word mukhayyar, meaning "cloth of bright lustrous goat hair".

Angora Goats originated in the Angora region near Ankara, Turkey. The breed was distributed to Europe, South Africa, and North America in the 1800s. South Africa’s population of Angoras account for the world’s third largest mohair production, after Turkey and the United States. In the U.S., the Angoras thrive in the southwest, especially in Texas, the second largest mohair producer worldwide.

Appearance / health:
Angora Goats are typically white but recent developments have led to a variety of hair colors including shades of black, silver, red, and brown. The Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association (CAGBA) is an excellent resource for learning more about colored Angoras.

Both sexes are horned although the males’ horns are longer (up to more than 2 feet in length) and tend to spiral. The back and the legs are straight, and the chest wide. The ears are large, heavy, and drooping. The mohair, similar to course wool, is sheared twice a year, weighing an average of 5 pounds per shearing.

Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Angoras are prone to parasite attacks due to their dense hair.

Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.

Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.

Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.

Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.

Angora Goats are particularly susceptible to cold after shearing; therefore, should be housed in a barn during those times.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.

Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.

Angora Goats have specific nutritional requirements to sustain their rapid hair growth.


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good deworming program, good fences, foot trimming, damp environment, escape artists, mange mites


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