Certain types of goats produce long hair that may be shorn, like a sheep of its wool, and made into clothing. There are two sorts of goat which are favorite with knitters and weavers; the Cashmere, which appropriately produces Cashmere, and the Angora, which produces Mohair.
Cashmere and Mohair are both excellent animal fibers; although I will focus here on Mohair, and the Angora goat. Mohair is employed in sweaters, coats, scarves, floor rugs and carpets, along with a few other items. A full-grown Angora goat can produce up to 15.4 pounds (7 kilograms) of Mohair every year. Although as the goats age, their hair thickens and therefore allowing it to be less valuable.
Mohair isn’t the Angora’s only claim to fame although. Raising Angora goats for showing is also quite popular since they require very little special attention and are smaller than most sheep and various goats at maturity of 2 years.
When determining the value of an Angora’s coat, one must consider both the age and size of the goat, and of course the complaint of the hair. Things to search for in an Angora goat include good size (bigger means more hair) and conformation, also check Mohair production records from the first two shearings, targeting a minimum of 12 pounds developed for bucks, 10 pounds for does.
Most Angora goat owners will shear their goat’s hair twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Simple wool shears will suffice for the job.
One of the biggest producers of Mohair is the US, with over 2.4 million pounds made in 2002. Interestingly, this number is reduced more than half from 1997 which saw output of over 5 million pounds of Mohair.