Mohair is a wool-like textile fibre, produced as a simple fleece on Angora goats. It grows in curly locks, is soft to the touch, smooth and lustrous. The fabric 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. Animals are shorn twice per year, being in February and August, 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 8 months growth.
In 2014 at the National Angora Trophy Show fine kid fleece won its class and was Reserve Champion fleece. This year (2015) we had the 2nd placed kid fleece behind the Champion. We also had Champion fleece at Picton, Albion Park and Goulburn Shows but did not attend Berry Show.
2017 and 2018 were years of drought both weather wise and with the shows. However, we had
300 mls of rain in the last 3 months of 2018 which more than doubled our annual total (560 mls) which compares with our average rainfall of 850 mls per year.
2019 started well for us with rain in January and March, but still only 480 mls for the year.
This was probably our best show year ever.
At Albion Park Show in January we had Champion Buck (275) and Champion Doe (278) with the Buck Supreme.
At Berry Show the buck again won his class and was Supreme and 277 was Reserve Champion Doe.
At Goulburn Show Champion Buck was 275 and to finish the season at Camden Show 275 was Champion Buck and 278 Champion Doe and Supreme.
Our buck (275) became Eastern Region Angora of the year.
From the end of May we were feeding full rations to the animals buying hay at $27 for a small bale. Pastures were brown and dead, the dam empty and we were buying water
The mohair fleeces at Picton Show in October were judged by Jim Stanley ex Australian Mohair Marketing Organisation and we had a clean sweep with 4 exhibitors competing.
November saw the start of the disastrous fires which came within 6 kms of us on two occasions in December - very disconcerting.
The 2020 Albion Park and Berry Shows were cancelled
Mid February the rains arrived (over 200 mls in 1 day). The dam and tanks overflowed and everything turned green again - quite amazing.
At the end of February we did Bathurst Diamond Fibre Show and were delighted to have Champion Kid, Reserve Buck and Reserve Fleece among strong competition.
Goulburn Show was early March where we again had Reserve Champion Buck, Kid and Fleece
We only exhibit fleeces at the National Show in Goulburn where we achieved 3rd place in the First Shear class.
At that event, we were informed that all events would be cancelled because of COVID 19 virus and we went into shutdown.
We have now shorn all our goats and classed fleece for sale and set up breeding groups.
Currently (April) we have 8 does surplus to requirements and last year's show fleeces ready for sale including the fine kid which did well in the shows.