Other common names: Cashgora Goat
The Angora Goat crossed with the Australian Cashmere Goat (commonly known as the "Cashgora"), is designed to produce a goat which produces a fiber which has the curliness of the Angora combined with the softness of a Cashmere.
Angora Goats have reportedly existed during biblical times because mohair (the Angora’s hair) is mentioned in records dated around 1500 B.C. The breed is known to have originated in the Angora region near Ankara, Turkey.
The Australian Cashmere Goat breed is said to have evolved from many years of selective breeding of the native Australian Bush Goat. The objective was to develop a dual-purpose goat for both meat and cashmere fleece. Today, the majority of cashmere producing goats in North America are Australian Cashmere Goats.
Appearance / health:
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.
Bought for fiber, best for hiking
Chili and Snow were the first fiber goats I ever owned. We bought them from a feed store that advertised them as pure Angora, but we figured out they were crossed with Cashmere as they grew older. Although other Angora Cashmere crosses seem to have good mohair quality ours did not. Chili had soft hair while Snow’s was coarse, and both were extremely fine. My Mom did spinning and weaving, and the mohair was only good for making straps for packs and decoration, or for stuffing pillows for the dog beds. It was itchy to wear next to the skin.
Chili grew into the leader of the mixed goat herd we later accumulated. We decided to keep him on as a wether (castrated) as a pack goat. Chili was pretty intelligent, and he was incredibly sweet. He led the herd on our daily hikes and, once we came to a spot to rest, would graze for a while and then lay down close to where us humans were often engaging in schoolwork. He did try to eat a John Grisham library book right out of my hands, once. He, and the rest of the herd, also became addicted to the cracker packets we liked to carry on hikes for snacks. It became a game, seeing how quiet we could be in opening the crinkly plastic before anyone caught on. When they did we had to share. They wouldn’t stop giving us incredibly sad eyes, otherwise. Chili also took his job as herd leader seriously. Once, my Mom and I drifted away from the herd because we were trying to identify a free crop of wildflowers we hadn’t seen before. The herd had moved on. About ten minutes later Chili came crashing through the underbrush and made the closest sound he could to disgruntled scolding, then he escorted us back to the herd. First time I’d ever been chewed out by a goat.
Snow was always on the small and thin side compared to Chili, so much so I’d describe her as dainty. She also had a Mean Girl’s kind of personality that had her butting heads with the other does because she wanted to be the lead female. I had trouble with her vying with me for dominance, so it was a daily tug of war with her until I learned to assert myself. Snow’s hair never did grow very much, and what she did produce wasn’t great to work with. We tried breeding her to the Boer buck we had, but that birth went badly. Snow’s hips were narrow, and the baby was huge, and she also had some nutritional deficiencies that led to the baby dying in the womb. The vet had to cut the baby to get it out of her due to its size. We didn’t breed her with that buck again and corrected the nutritional problem.
We didn’t buy these particular crosses again, so I can’t say if they were standards for the cross breed or not, but we enjoyed both of them despite the low mohair quality. They were never boring, for sure. I’m not interested in working with goat fiber, so I’d never get this particular cross again, but it might be worth it if you are looking for a hardy animal and want to try your hand at utilizing the hair. I would see about breeding does with non-meat goat bucks, though, just in case Snow’s stature is a commonality of this cross..
From ShilohOhmes Mar 21 2015 12:52PM