value of mohair
Angora goats produce a luxurious fibre called mohair. They are shorn twice a year and may be crutched and wigged between shearing. The income from a mohair clip depends on fleece quantity and quality, which is largely affected by breeding and management.
As goats prefer to browse rather than graze, this enables them to consume a large range of plants including grasses, herbs, shrubs and woody weeds which aren’t eaten by sheep or cattle. They therefore complement farming with other livestock and allow diversification of both fibre and meat.
Weeds in pastures are known to reduce profitability. Not all traditional control methods such as spraying or cutting are necessarily effective or desirable. Successful pasture management requires an understanding of grazing as a control method. Using goats for this exact purpose is highly effective, not to mention sustainable.
In 2018, the Australian goatmeat industry was worth over $182M, with the majority of the product being exported. When looking at the value of goatmeat combined with the return from mohair, the Angora goat is ahead on profit when compared to an average wool-growing sheep.