The Angora goats originated in Asia Minor but are now raised all over the world.
This goat is reared in most instances for its hair.
It produces a long and thick mohair that when sheared is generally used in the fiber industry or used for knitting purposes.
They can survive virtually anywhere but are more at home in areas that are hot and dry.
For you to succeed in rearing angora goats it is important to be fully aware about its nutritional and grooming requirements.
Harvesting their hair is time consuming and needs you to invest some time in learning how to do it properly.
Mohair fiber is highly prized.
How To Tend To Angora Goats
They need to have adequate and well planned shelter.
They should be sheltered from wind, rain, snow and sun.
A three sided barn or shed will suffice and it should be placed in such a way that it is not directly facing the wind.
The angora goats require around a 5 ft by 5 ft space per goat.
You need to check on the walls of the shed or barn to ensure that there are no spaces or leaks that may expose the herd to cold.
As a rule of thumb for angora goats; you need to give them 0.5 to 1 pound of grain per day’; this will provide adequate supplemental food ration to them.
You need to feed the angora goats on a diet that is forage based.
They require constant access to pasture and legume hay.
Kids that have just been weaned need special care; you need to provide them with a 16% protein goat grain supplement.
Does will need the same supplement; 4 weeks before breeding, 4 weeks before giving birth and 4 weeks after delivery.
Angora goats need a constant supply of clean and fresh water; ensure you give them water at least twice every day.
Some clean water should always be placed in a pan that is easily accessible to the herd.
You need to ensure that the fence is around 4 feet high and the spaces between are less than 6 inches in width;
This ensures there are no predators and the angora goats will not wander out of the designated area.
You need to monitor the goats regularly to check on any parasites.
Due to its long and thick hair angora goats are susceptible to lice;
Yyou need to be more vigilant in this regard.
Diarrhea, loss of weight or hair and incessant itching are all symptoms that should not be ignored.
You need to consult a veterinarian immediately such symptoms are seen.
Angora goats usually require shearing twice a year.
You can do it during early fall and late spring.
You need to keep the goat in a pen at least 4 hours before you start shearing;
They should be kept without food and water for this period.
This helps in controlling instances of stains and other contaminants spoiling the mohair and thus reducing their value.
After shearing you need to pay special attention to the goats; they are quite sensitive at this stage.
You should monitor them for the next six weeks.
Freezing, chilly and wet weather have been known to cause deaths of goats during this period.
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