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The Angora goat is a breed of domestic goat named for Ankara,Turkey,rnhistorically known as Angora. Angora goats produce mohair fiber.

rnrnThe Angora goat has been regarded by some as a direct descendant of the Central Asian Markhor goat. Theyrnwere found in central Asia since around the Paleolithic era. In the 1550's thernfirst Angora goats were brought to Europe by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor andrnthey were first introduced in the United States in 1849 by Dr. James P. Davis.rnSeven adult goats were a gift from Sultan Abdulmecid in appreciation for his services andrnadvice on the raising of cotton. More goats were imported over time, until thernCivil War destroyed most of the large flocks in the south. Eventually, Angorarngoats began to thrive in the southwest, particularly in Texas, wherever therernare sufficient grasses and shrubs to sustain them. Texas to this day remainsrnthe largest mohair producer in the U.S., and third largest in the world!

rnrnThe fleece taken from an Angorarngoat is called Mohair. A single goat produces between four and five kilogramsrnof hair per year. Angoras are shorn twice a year. Turkey, the United States,rnand South Africaare the top producersrnof mohair. For a long time, Angora goats were bred for their white coats. Inrn1998, the Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association was set up to promoternbreeding of colored Angoras. Now, Angora goats produce white, black (deep blackrnto greys and silver), red (the color fades significantly as the goat getsrnolder), and brownish fibers.

rnrnTheyrnare not prolific breeders, nor are they considered very hardy, beingrnparticularly delicate during the first few days of life. Further, Angoras havernhigh nutritional requirements due to their rapid hair growth. A poor-qualityrndiet will affect mohair development.

rnrnAngora goats are generallyrnsmaller than other domestic goats and sheep. Both sexes are horned, and thernears are long and drooping. The strong elastic fiber of the coat differs fromrnwool primarily in its smoothness and luster.

Angora Goats Associations


America Angora Goat Breeders Association America Angora Goat Breeders Association - www.aagba.org


Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association - www.cagba.org


Eastern Angora Goat and Mohair Association - angoragoats.com


International Dairy Goat Registry - International Fiber Breed Registry - www.idgr-ifbr.com


The Canadian Goat Society The Canadian Goat Society - www.goats.ca


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