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Welsh pioneer of a Turkish delight; FARM & COUNTRY.

UNTIL the 19th century the export of Angora goats from Turkey was banned on pain of death.

Such threats helped keep the breed shielded from the wider world until post-war smallholders began bringing the goats to Britain.

Highly prized as a source of mohair, they have flourished here since the 1980s and the British Angora Goat Society has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

A pioneer of the breed in Wales is Mal Rogers, one of the original exhibitors of dairy goats at the Royal Welsh Showwhen they were introduced in 1977.

Mal began keeping goats because his daughter was allergic to cow's milk. He also uses them to foster orphan lambs.

Now they are an integral part of his 3,000-acre sheep farm in the Elan Valley in mid Wales through sales of milk, meat and mohair (average price pounds 5/kg).

He has also been showing Angora goats at the Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival since the event made its debut.

Having won the Angora class at last year's festival, he will be exhibiting again on May 19-20.

"It's is a tremendous event," said Mal. "It's well worth a visit."

Festival tickets can be obtained online at www.rwas.co.uk

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Mal Rogers, who keeps Angora goats at his Elan Valley farm, will be showing them at this year's Royal Welsh Smallholder Show
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Date:Feb 15, 2007
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