Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
By DCFF Mohair
Posted Aug 05, 2011
My Angoras are very easy keepers. They're sweet too, and I have to disagree with other breeders who say that bucks are nasty. I know that different goats have different personalities, and that it really depends on how they're treated, but my bucks couldn't be sweeter to me or to each other.
The goats need guard dogs, and LGDs were a new experience for us. We got ours as puppies, and they didn't have any older dogs to learn from. They have been raised as goats, they know their job and they do it well.
Kidding was the most exciting, nerve-racking thing I've ever done. Mommy goat hadn't ever had a baby before, and it was a difficult birth. She got the job done with a little help. I cried as Prince Hairy slid out like Jello off a plate. Be there when baby comes, because you never know what might go wrong.
As far as processing the mohair goes, sorting and washing are the biggest time-consumers. Washing can't be avoided, but you can cut your sorting time in half by just tending to the goats' fleeces (while they're still on the goats.) My goats will just stand there and let me pick stuff off of them. As a result, they have almost no junk in their hair when it comes off!
My goats are like pets, and I don't think I'll ever breed goats to sell. They are like family to me, so I try and take the best possible care of them that I can.