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Noodles my prize winning baby at the2008 Goat  Fest
2008 silver baby buck him now at 2 years old
spinning lesson
Great Granddaughter learning to spin & brother studing the mechanics of the wheel.
Great Granddaughter with does at feeding 
Mohair prize-winning handspun knitted sweater entered in  Klickitat County Fair 2008.  My own design, spun on a drop spindle.
My crocheted mini angora goat design at Klickitat County fair    2008. Each curl was crocheted separately then put on the body 
Great Grandchildren learning             about the farm
The cute lovable, productive, Angora Goat is the most versatile goat of all.  They produce soft, luxurious, shinny fiber called Mohair for yarn & needle felting, as well as milk, meat, hides, & fertilizer for your garden and flowers.
Their milk can be used for butter, cheese, cottage cheese, drinking and soap making. The meat has less fat than skinless chicken breast, and the bones can give your dogs a lot of pleasure.  When they grow old and die the hides can be made into vests, slippers, seat covers & throw rug.
While they are producing all these products for you they are also clearing brush off your property, and your flowers, garden, & trees if they aren't fenced off !
Thus far we have not been able to use any meat or hides because they are cute, cuddly, inquisitive pets to us.  They all know their names & follow us everywhere checking out everything we do.  If you visit the rest of our site you will see how inquisitive and friendly they are.
They are small and gentle enough for children to use for 4H & FFA projects.
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Angora Goat Information

silver angora buck (Points) at 2 years
Points 2 year old buck

Member of Columbia Basin Goat Guild

Our baby silver angora buck
08  silver angora buck Points
This is a buck from 2 weeks old to 2 years old, his name is Points because he has Silver nose and, ears.
  This is where I get the       fleece to make my yarn
This is where I get my fleece for the hand crafts I make
Knitted dickey & hat I made with        Mohair and acrylic mix  
    One of my custom designs                 needle felted into a three              dimensional picture for Easter
Our girl angora goats (does) coming in for                               the night
On their visit to our farm they learned how we feed, shear, clean, card and, spin the fiber into yarn.
Great Granddaughter with our angora does eating
Some of the things I do with the Fleece
Sweater that won top of show at county fair
Knitted hat & dickey for sale
Our Great Grandson petting Bandit one of our angora bucks
Great Grandson with Bandit a color gene, white 2 year old buck.
my prize winning mini goat
needle felted easter picture
Who could imagine that a seeing a little knitting on the seat of a car would lead to all this, or a simple knitting class would make all this happen.  It also created more work for us in our retirement.  There is feeding, shearing, hoof trimming, cleaning, carding and spinning the fleece.  It is work but a real labor of love, a great way for 70 year olds to
keep active.  There is never a dull moment always a fence to mend, fleece to clean, or something else.
                       ANGORA GOAT BARN HEALTH
Let some bedding build up during the cold months to help keep them warm, the urine and feces provide healthy heat. Goat urine and feces do not stink although in the Spring you may notice an ammonia smell, about the time you are ready to clean the barn; if you do notice a smell just sprinkle some barn lime or diatomaceous earth around to make it smell fresh until you are ready to clean the barn. 


                           ANGORA GOAT BREEDING
The does let you know when they are in estrus (ready for breeding) they flag (wag their tales steadily) they are even picky about which bucks breed them, which can make mating the ones you want to mate difficult.  They come into estrus when the nights are cold and days are warm usually from Oct.-Dec.  Does should be at least 9 months old or 60 pounds before breeding the first time.  Since our girls run loose on 60 acres they go stand by the boys (Bucks) pens and flag their tales steady sometimes screaming at the bucks; when they do that we immediately put them with the buck we want to breed them and leave them for 30 days or until they are breed. Does are in estrus (season or heat) for only 30 hours, but they come into estrus every 19-21 days until breed.  Once breed the buck will not have anything to do with her anymore.  We hope for May-June kidding - when the weather is not so extreme. We pen breed our does so we know when they are due and to facilitate breeding for color, fineness of fleece and, confirmation of body. Does can deliver three days one side or other of the due date they like to keep us on our toes!   Their gestation period is145-150 days plus 7-10 on our calendar, we start watching at 143 days, and pen them in our Maternity pens; until the kid is at least a week old then put them together with other delivered mothers and kids to socialize.    Some of our first time Mothers produce only one kid  but most often Mothers will produce two kids and only kid once a year.





                                                      





                     
                             ANGORA GOAT BUCK RUT
We let our bucks and does run together from first grass in the Spring until mid Aug., we pen them in mid Aug.-early Sept. to prevent unwanted mating.  During breeding season the bucks get real smelly you definitely want to pen them where you don’t have the wind blow toward your home!!  Their sent comes mainly from above the eyes between their horns and tend to rub this area on trees to leave their sent for the does. They can become unruly during rut (breeding season), late Oct-Jan.  They want any doe they can get so the pens need to be strong or a ways away from the does so they don’t see or smell the does.   When the bucks aren’t in rut they don’t have any odor to them.  We definitely shear bucks before RUT to avoid the BUCK smell in the fleece.  The bucks actually do a sort of courting by curling back their upper lip like a  “horse kiss”, he will share his food with her and caress her with his head trying to get her to like him.



              MULCHING WITH ANGORA GOAT FECES
Goat urine and feces do not contain urea, and can be added directly to your garden for fertilizing and mulching and will not burn plants.   A healthy goat will produce feces that look like black, shiny oblong marbles.

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Goats are finicky they will not touch water, feed or mineral salt that has been fouled and it isn’t healthy for them. Make sure that your goats have mineralized salt (we use salt that is at least 90 parts per million Selenium) we use loose salt and keep it available free choice.  We use the selenium to aid in their hair production.  To their salt we add kelp meal, feed sulfur and, diatomaceous earth equal parts of each.  The sulfur helps keep the lice from bothering them, the kelp meal helps with health, birthing, reproduction, and fleece luster, the diatomaceous earth is helpful in fighting internal bugs.



                                                     









                           ANGORA GOAT HORNS

We don't dehorn our goats this is where they release their heat and if you are registering or showing them their horns are part of the judging and registering qualities.  The horns are fragile and can be broken easily if you grab the ends.  If hanging onto the horns hold them as close to the skull as possible to avoid breaking them, their horns will never grow back.  They are the only horned animal that 4 H children can show because they are so docile.

                                               


                             



                             ANGORA GOAT HOUSING


Goats do not like getting wet, which is good because it makes them vulnerable to illness, right after shearing and for newborn kids. Shelters need good ventilation to avoid a moisture buildup in the winter. A moisture build-up, can cause some respiratory problems, which are difficult to treat, always allow good ventilation.  Our goats run loose and have many places for shelter when they want or need it. 


                                                                                    

                              
                          

                                ANGORA GOAT FENCING


Use fencing that has small enough grids to keep the goats from getting their heads through and their horns stuck in the fence.  Fencing with a small grid works best strong enough to withstand the pressure goats can put on a fence.  Avoid regular woven wire it has larger grids, which the goats can and do get their heads stuck in. The fence should be about 4 feet high, to prevent goats from trying to jump over, our girls (does) tend to go under rather than over fences, our boys (bucks) however do go over AND under fences usually only during breeding season though.  Don’t underestimate the abilities of a determined goat! 

SHEARING
Me teaching a shearing class at the Annual Goat Academy
We shear twice a year, spring and fall.  Here I am teaching a class at the Goat                                                                            Academy in Centerville, WA. 
The Goat Academy is held the third weekend in May each year, the " Hands on"                                   classes cover EVERYTHING GOAT.         
Angora Goat is the name their Mohair is my Game
Two Angora Goat Kids
Angora goat yearling doe
Two year old angora goat buck
Angora Goat Buck
Angora Goat doe yearling
Angora Goat Kids
Three year old Angora goat buck half sheared
Angora Buck half sheared
Half sheared 3 year old buck
On the right is a half sheared 3 year old buck