A: Mohair is a luxury fiber that comes from the Angora goat. It is known for its softness, luster, curl and strength. It is fire resistant. Mohair is used in knitting, crochet, weaving and other fiber arts.
A: Products created with mohair include baby apparel, scarves, mittens, hats, socks, suits, sweaters, blankets, rugs. Doll makers love mohair for the dolls hair. Mohair is often used to create Santa's beard or the cinche used with a horses saddle
A: Angora goats have been bred for centuries so a tolerance to shearing has been bred into the animals. At Acorn Hill Farm the shearing is a team event for the farmers who strive to make it an enjoyable process for all involved. No harm is done to the animals when they are sheared. Shearing actually keeps them more comfortable and healthy.
A: Contact the farmers at Acorn Hill farm by email, text, or phone. They can also be contacted via Facebook. Your questions will be answered promptly. A trip to the farm to meet the animals is encouraged, but pictures and videos are available to long distance buyers.
A: Angora goats need good quality nutrition to be able to grow their mohair. At Acorn Hill Farm, the goats are kept on grass pasture in the summer with grass hay available all year round. The goats also love to browse. A higher protein dairy goat ration is given daily as well as supplements of kelp, zinc and free choice minerals.
A: Yes! Angora goats are very gentle and often quite friendly. Early and frequent human contact will result in the friendliest goats. Treats such as peanuts go a long way to encourage friendliness as well. The buck that is "in rut" or ready for fall breeding can be challenging but as a rule Angora goats are a calm and gentle -natured creatures.
A: Angora goats can be raised on a variety of browse and pastures. Angoras prefer the taller grasses and weeds. They can also be raised on a dry lot where the farmer provides hay, water and grain. A rule of thumb is that the amount of land to support 1 cow could support 5-6 Angora goats. Angora goats do need shelter from the elements. A three-sided shed will provide that need.