The Angora goat is a breed of domestic goat that originated in Ankara (formerly known as Angora), Turkey and its surrounding region in central Anatolia. Angora goats produce the lustrous fibre known as Mohair.
- The first Angora goats were brought to Europe by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, about 1554, but, like later imports, were not very successful.
- Angora goats were first introduced in the United States in 1849 by Dr. James P. Davis. Seven adult goats were a gift from Sultan Abdülmecid I in appreciation for his services and advice on the raising of cotton.
- More goats were imported over time, until the Civil War destroyed most of the large flocks in the south.
- Eventually, Angora goats began to thrive in the southwest, particularly in Texas, wherever there are sufficient grasses and shrubs to sustain them.
- Texas to this day remains the largest mohair producer in the U.S., and second largest in the world.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angora_goat
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