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The Angora Goat is a breed of domestic goat that is named for Ankara, Turkey, historically known as Angora. Angora goats produce the lustrous fibre known as mohair. They have been in the region since around the Paleolithic. The Angora goat originated in the district of Angora in Asia Minor. The Angora dates back prior to early biblical history. Mention is made of the use of mohair at the time of Moses, which would fix the record of the Angora some time between 1571 and 1451 B.C., according to the Angora Goat Mohair Industry publication from USDA (Miscellaneous Bulletin 50, 1929). Mohair became a valuable product in commerce early in the nineteenth century. In order to increase the supply of mohair available for export to the European countries, the Turks crossed the Angora goat with common stock to increase the poundage of salable hair. Probably there was no effort to keep the original Angora separate, and the general increase in size and vigor of the goats in the Angora area was, no doubt, partially the result of this infusion of other blood. Angora stock was distributed to different countries, and a pair of Angoras was imported to Europe by Charles V about 1554. In 1765 an importation was made by the Spanish government and twenty years later a considerable number were imported into France. None of these importations were successful in establishing mohair production. On the other hand, Angoras were taken to South Africa in 1838, and from this importation and later importations mohair production was established in that country. The Union of South Africa is one of the three leading mohair-producing sections in the world and is exceeded in production only by the United States and Turkey.

Angora goats were first introduced in the United States by Dr. James P. Davis. Seven adult goats were a gift from Sultan Abdülmecid I in appreciation for his services and advice on the raising of cotton. More goats were imported over time, until the Civil War destroyed most of the large flocks in the south. Eventually, Angora goats began to thrive in the southwest, particularly in Texas, wherever there are sufficient grasses and shrubs to sustain them. Texas to this day remains the largest mohair producer in the U.S., and third largest in the world.

The most valuable characteristic of hte Anogra as compared to other goats is the value of the mohair that is clipped. The average goat in the U.S. shears approximately 5.3 pounds of mohair per shearing depending upon care and size, sheared twice a year. They produce a fiber with a staple length rate of about an inch per month. The mohair is very similar to wool in chemical composition but differs from wool in that it has a much smoother surface and very thin, smooth scale. Mohair varies widely in texture-fineness. Although goats tend to coarsen over time, but through selective breeding mohair can be graded according to fineness and not strictly age. Mohair is highly lustrous and brightens as well as strengthens any blend. Mohair is called "The Diamond Fiber" due to it's shine and ability to readily take dyeing. For hundreds of years, perhaps thousands, colored angora goats were undesirable and deemed inferior crop outs as only white fiber was valued. With the growth in the cottage fiber industry, handspinners appreciate the unique hues and found only with natural colored fibers. For the past 20 years, breeders have been working to achieve production of colored mohair and goats of high quality. Today some colored goats are as fine as white goats with serious breeders dedicated to breed improvement. Although coarser grades of mohair may be appropriate for rugs or outerwear due to its durability and beauty, we breed goats to produce fine fleeces and garment quality fiber. Focusing on fineness, luster, and color means that our goats produce marketable fiber for more of their life. If you've heard that mohair is coarse but beautiful try some of our fine, lustrous mohair and you'll see that you can have the best of both!

Our goats are fed locally grown grains, hay and graze rotational pastures through the growing season. You can only expect the highest quality fibers from animals if they receive the best quality care. Each goat is known by name with the vast majority handled since birth on the farm. by supporting farms utilizing sustainable, traditional production practices you are reducing your carbon foot print and reinforcing your commitment to animal welfare.