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The story of the mohair goat
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A small lively and curious animal
The mohair goat is a small lively and curious animal. It is trusting but at the same time wilful.
The mohair goat originated in Central Asia, where for millennia it has supplied hot mohair to people in the Himalayas. Later in the story you will find mohairgeden in Asia Minor, where the Turks became aware of the unique characteristics of mohair. In Turkey, specifically in the highlands around Ankara (formerly called Angora), the goat was kept as domestic animals. In the beginning, the beautiful and glossy mohair products were reserved for the rich sultans. Later, it became a sought-after product all over the world.
When the Mohair goat came to other parts of the globe, the name Angoraged arose because of its provenance. In most countries, today they are called Angorageder, but the original name of the animal is Mohairged. It should be mentioned that angora wool has nothing to do with these goats, since angora wool comes from angorakanins.
Due to the insulating properties of the mohair, the goat can withstand both high and very low temperatures. From nature, a mohairged has no need for fat. The hair has a smooth surface with curls and waves, whereby water and dirt bounce off. The smooth surface of the hair of the mohair goats differs from the sheep's fibers (wool), where the surface is rough and therefore needs fat (lanolin) to shun water.
In addition to being water and dirt repellent, the refined hair is elastic and durable due to the curls and waves.
The first mohair goats came to Denmark in 1987 from New Zealand.
In 1987, the first goats came to Denmark from New Zealand. These were of the Australian-Asian line and the mohairged that looked the most like the original mohairged. It was virtually without fat in the coat and was therefore always fine clean and white. It was fertile, but did not produce much mohair. In the mid-1990s we were able to import mohair goats of the Texas and South African lines again via New Zealand. These types were less fertile, but could deliver twice as much mohair and of finer quality. The South African mohairged was definitely the best.
In the following years, the three lines in many countries were crossed to optimize production, but so far no one has managed to surpass the "pure" South African mohairged. The South Africans have been incredibly skilled at breeding and at the same time have been able to offer the goats super good living and thus stress-free conditions that have a great impact on the quality of mohair.
A fluke for South Africans
Mohair is today one of the world's most exclusive natural fibers. Over two centuries, the South African mohair is refined into a product of the highest quality.
The Mohair industry in South Africa was founded by a fluke in 1838, when the Sultan of Turkey sent twelve castrated bucks and a hunged to South Africa. What the Sultan didn't know was that the female goat was with the kid. Kiddet turned out to be a buck, and thus the breeding was established in South Africa.
Today, mohair goats form a key part of the industry in the Karoo region of South Africa's eastern cape. In addition to the immediate qualities of Mohair, it is also a renewable resource that helps create a sustainable production chain between humans and animals and, not least, long-term prosperity in the Karoo region.
Goats are cut
The goats are sheared twice a year. As a rule, spring and autumn. The amount ranges from 1 to 6 kilos per clip depending on age, gender and line. The amount increases with age to peak at some point at 4 to 5 years of age, after which the yield decreases. The finest mohair is available from the kiddene about 18-24μ (1 μ = 1/1000mm). With age, the hairs get coarser.
Goats and bucks come in heat in the fall. Before running, the kiddes are removed from the mother animals. Kiddene is usually rehabilitated at obviously at the time. The goats hatch after about 5 months of gestation and the newborn kid weighs 2 to 4 kilograms.
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Mohair goat's products
Since the mohair goat's hair is a wonderful product that only the richest could afford in the past, it has become world famous for its luxurious quality. Mohairen's many properties mean that the product has been used for various clothes and garments such as shawls, sweaters, socks, throws and blankets.
In addition to the hairs on the goat, which could be cut 1-2 times a year, the skin of the mohair goat could be used, since the hairs are silky soft to lie or sit on while and the horns from the goat were turned into jewelry, buttons and cutlery.
Mohair comes from the mohair goat and is known as the 'diamond' in natural fibers. Outside Denmark, the goat is called angoraged. For millennia, the mohair goat has delivered warm mohair and survival to the people of the Himalayas – and since all over the world.
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