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Wild and Wooly Angora Goats
The goat is one of the smallest domesticated ruminants
(cud-chewing animals) and has served mankind earlier and longer than
cattle or sheep. Goats are raised for the production of milk, meat and
wool, particularly in arid, semi-tropical and mountainous countries.
Angora goats, like those seen in The Greatest Show On Earth®,
weigh between 70 to 110 pounds and are approximately 25 inches tall.
Angora goats may be the most efficient fiber producers on Earth. These
makers of mohair came from and were named after Ankara (Angora prior to
1930), a Turkish province where they have thrived for centuries. Turkey
prevented these goats from exportation until 1949 when seven does and
two bucks were imported into the United States. Later, more were
imported from Turkey and South America, the two principal mohair
producers in the 19th century.
Goats come in many colors: solid black, white, red, brown,
spotted, two- and three-colored, and blended shades, with distinct
facial stripes and black and white saddles depending on the breed.Fascinating Facts
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