Angora goat originated from a district named ‘Angora’ near the Himalayan of Asia. Some people says that, the ancient living place of Angora goat was China. The Angora goat is named after Ankara, Turkey, which was historically known as Angora. They are very beautiful and mainly raised by the farmers for their hair production. They produce bright and very high quality hair. Their meat and milk production is not profitable enough like other goat breeds. Angora goats generally are of small sized, hardy, long-lived, requires minimal care and facilities and are relatively odor-free. This goat is available in almost all countries of the world. In 1554 a pair of Angora goat was imported to Europe by Charles V. Spanish Government imported this breed to their country in 1765. In 1785 France imported a large number of this goats. South Africa imported this breed in 1838. There is a great production of Angora goats in the Texus of United States. Characteristics, feeding, breeding, housing and care of Angora goats are described below.
- Angora goats are very small sized animal than other milk and meat goats. Even they are also smaller than some common sheep breeds.
- An adult male Angora goat generally weights about 180-225 pounds.
- And adult female goat weights about 100-110 pounds.
- This goats are of various colored including shades of red through tans and browns, gray through black and combinations of these colors with white and many more color.
- Male goats produce up to 12 pounds of skirted fiber and female goat produce about 8 pounds of skirted fiber.
- Adult Angora goat has a pair of horns curved to back.
- Their ears are pendulous.
- Legs are short and small sized.
- Their tails are short and held high.
- Their back is straight and very strong.
- Their pelvis has s slight downwart tilt but not extreme.
- The body of this goat is deep.
- There is a good width between good spring of rib and the front legs.
- Their skin is loose and pliable.
- They produces long sized bright hair. Their hair lengths about 13-25 cm.
- Not suitable for commercial meat and milk production.
- Milk of Angora goat contains about 5.7% of fat.
- Produces one kid each time.