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Angora goats offer income lessons for smallholders.

ANGORA goats, prized for their luxurious fleeces, will be among the animals popular as income generators for smallholders on show at this year's Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival in May.

Mohair prices have remained good for a number of years and although subject to fluctuation always provide a reasonable return against the costs required to keep the animals fit and healthy.

Like all farm stock Angora goats require time and effort to manage if they are to produce mohair of high quality. Exhibitors at the festival will be ready to advise smallholders and others who might be considering diversifying, or adding Angoras to their enterprises.

The British Angora Goat Society is staging a Goat to Garment display covering the complete range of fleeces from the finest kid to adult mohair alongside demonstrations of the ways fleeces are turned into garments and articles.

The two-day festival takes place on the Royal Welsh showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on the weekend of May 15 and 16.

The Angoras and the fleece competition, with classes for both male and female goats of all ages, will be judged on the Saturday morning of the event.

The two sections will offer opportunities to see the fleece off the animal and the many ways in which it may be utilised.

Other varieties of goats on display will include Pygmy goats; and Peter Mercer, chairman of the Pygmy Goat Club, will give a talk on the subject at the festival's popular Speakers Corner.

Pygmy goats originated in Africa and are smaller than other goat breeds ranging from 16 to 23 inches in height at the withers and weighing from 40 to 60 pounds. They provide a respectable milk yield for their size, however, and are reasonably cheap to keep.

Throughout the weekend of the festival exhibitors will be pleased to discuss Pygmy goat breeding with visitors, especially those contemplating keeping these delightful animals.

Some exhibitors may have stock for sale although intending buyers need to consider all the aspects involved in goat keeping and should listen carefully to advice before making up their minds. Young stock can vary in quality so make sure you buy the best animals available.

Full details and information about the goat section at the Festival may be obtained from Mrs Amanda Burton at the RWAS offices at Llanelwedd on 01982 553 683


GOLDEN FLEECE: Angora goats will be at the Royal Welsh Smallholder Show
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 16, 2010
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