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Livestock & Pets : Angora goats

The articles below cover a number of topics about angora goat health, behaviour and farming. There are more articles in Goats, Dairy Goats and The Basics sections too. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you.  If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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We've been farming angora goats for over fifteen years and can't imagine life without them now.

Snuggling up to a soft mohair blanket is a simple luxury, and we are so lucky in New Zealand to have some of the world’s best mohair producers on our door step.

There are particular welfare issues associated with goats, because of their sensitive nature and inquisitive personalities! 

Compared with other farm animals, goats are relatively susceptible to internal worms, which can cause scouring and ill-thrift. 

Scouring (diarrhoea) is common in Angora goats. 

Part three in a series on Angora goat health and disease looks at lameness and sudden death.

The signs of skin disease are usually fairly obvious, with itchiness, or hair loss, or scurfiiness or sores, or reddening or some other change in the appearance of the skin. 

If your goats are not doing well, there are many possible causes. 

Angora goats are believed to have originated in the mountains of Tibet from where they spread to the Angora province in Turkey.

What to buy depends on what’s available at the time and what the current market is like.

Goats are a vastly greater challenge to handle than sheep and the first thing you'll need to do is to heighten the yards to prevent jumping.

Goats don’t have a split upper lip like sheep so don’t graze as close to the ground.

Angora goats are not usually dehorned although the horns are usually tipped (the last 1cm of horn clipped off) as they can be extremely sharp. 

Breeders agree that many traits are important, but they may put them in different orders of priority

You cannot do worthwhile recording and breeding to improve flock performance unless all animals are identified.

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