To start, a common misconception is that Angora Goats produce mohair; which is incorrect! Angora Goats produce mohair, with Angora products being produced from rabbits.
Mohair is a wool-like textile fibre, produced as a simple fleece on Angora goats The mohair grows in a 'wave-like' motion to form curly locks, which is soft to the touch, smooth and lustrous. The goats are grown out to maximise this production.
The goats are shorn twice per year, firstly in February and then August. Standard quality fleeces are sold through the Australian Mohair Marketing Organisation (AMMO) with finer and longer fleeces sold to local spinners and craft workers. Some fleeces are washed and available in 200 gm packs and can be posted at cost. Please contact us in regards to sales.
Products made from mohair is warm and lightweight.
Kid mohair (less than 25 microns) is used in knitwear and can be worn next to the skin. Our breeding stock have a mohair diameter of less than 30 microns and our national mohair sales consistently achieve a $2 per kilo premium and produce between 1 and 5 kg of mohair depending on age and timing. The first sheared kid fleeces are smaller (1 - 1.5 kg) and finer (average under 20 microns), whilst adult goats have longer and heavier fleeces after 6 months growth.
When fleeces are shorn off, they are bagged and labelled with each goats individual identification number, the date of shearing, weight and (later) the fibre diameter in microns. They are then later skirted, meaning the edges of the fleece that are too corse or have too much vegetable matter in are removed, and any other contaminants in the fleece are removed to clean the fleece.