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Here at Mourne Angoras we are delighted to have a pedigree herd of gorgeous fleece factories, all supreme examples of the angora goat breed. Producing so much fleece, these ladies and gents require shearing twice a year, and our bucks have been producing in excess of 10 kilos of fleece in one shear – so that’s a lot of gorgeous fleece to work with every year!

If you are keen to meet these gentle and easy to handle goats, which we rear as part of our fleece factory here at Mourne Angoras, and not for the food chain, then please do give us a call. We hope to have some breeding pairs available to sell later in the season, so please do get in touch.

Mourne Angoras are breed members of the British Angora Goat Society, and all of our herd are registered pedigrees with the breed society.

What is an angora goat and how do I look after it?

The Angora goat is a small ruminant animal originating in the area now known as Turkey. It BAGS-logo-thumbnailevolved in a dry, arid area and, like all goats, has a dietary preference for browse and taller pasture.

The Angora goat grows a simple fleece of Mohair. This fleece grows throughout the year and is shorn every 6 months to produce a long, lustrous fleece about 12-15cm in length.

The biology of the Angora goat is similar to British Long-wool sheep and is dominated by strong seasonal rhythms in both reproduction and fibre growth. These rhythms are under the control of day length and much of the husbandry is related to matching seasonal changes in biology to efficient farming practices.

Kidding usually occurs in daylight hours, though maiden does may kid in the evening. Does separate from the flock to kid. The kids are relatively small and lack the energy reserves of lambs. This makes them susceptible to cold and wet conditions.

As with young kids, all Angora goats are sensitive to cold, wet conditions off shears. Sheds or heavy scrub paddocks are essential to prevent losses if cold, wet weather occurs after shearing. A danger period is that following the February-March shearing when storms or cold snaps are not expected but often occur.

Angora goats are generally healthy but require careful drenching to control internal parasites. Vaccination is recommended as for sheep and external parasites are generally easy to control with pour-on dips, provided all animals are treated correctly. Mineral supplementation with Iodine (pre-kidding) and Selenium (pre-mating and pre-kidding) is recommended. Calcium in salt licks, especially if feeding cereal grains, is recommended as a standard practice.