History of Australian Heritage Angoras
- First Cashmere-Angora goats imported into Australia.
- Between 1840 to 1870 there were a number of small importations of Angora goats from Turkey
- By the 1880s the fashion for cashmere and mohair was in decline and many herds were dispersed. In 1888, Mr E C Kemp established a herd by collecting the purebred Turkish goats.
- In 1904, Mr F Barton established the Banksia Stud with Kemp’s goats as its foundations. The Banksia flock was registered with the Goat Breeders Society of Australia (GBSA) in 1947
- Due to the detailed record keeping of Barton and their registration with GBSA we are able to trace the lineages of the Banksia goats and by 1963 there were 14 Studs registered
- The 1970s saw a renewed interest in mohair and an extensive upgrading program (using feral goats and importing genetics) was undertaken by some breeders. so in 1975 the Angora Breed Society was established to maintain records of the purebred Angoras.
- The 1980s saw a boom in the commercial flocks through importation of Texan and South African bloodlines and these become the dominant herds within Australia.
- The ABS was dissolved in 2000 and in 2002 the remaining 4 herds were registered with the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia and become known as Australian Heritage Angoras
- Today there is a small but growing community of breeders who seek to preserve these beautiful goats
Why conserve them?
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Our aim is to preserve The Australian Heritage Angora and its gene pool.
HAGSA maintains a herd book for the registrations of goats tracing their lineages to the Banksia flock.
Research & Education
Research, education and communication That fosters public awareness is central to the organisation
HAGSA is finalising the strategic plan. It will shortly be available here
Membership is open to all heritage angora breeders and anybody interested assisting with the conservation of AHAs.
Starting a herd
We are always looking for new breeders to join us. If you are interested contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Current Projects
The herd book is currently being updated to ensure an electronically available and up-to-date records are available.
Work is currently underway in the development of a breed standard for Australian Heritage Angoras.
National Breeding Program
Formalisation on a planned national breeding program to ensure the ongoing viability of the breed
Gathering and compiling historial documents and records on the History of Heritage Angoras in Australia.
Using Heritage Fleece
We provide information to spinners, weavers and crafts people on how to use AHA mohair.
Developing communication channels and participating in relevant shows to further the knowledge of Heritage Angoras .
Question & Answer
Aren’t Heritage Angoras just old Australian Angoras?
No. Australian Heritage Angoras have never had any crossbreeding with feral, Texan and South African genetics. Their bloodlines and demonstrate a traceable bloodline to the Banksia flock. Some flocks maintain characteristics similar to AHA goats they were established during the boom time of the 1970s & 80s and are likely to have some crossbreeding. AHA goats must be able to demonstrate their lineages to ensure that the original Turkish gene pool is maintained .
Are there coloured Angoras?
Yes. Angoras originally had white, brown and black fleece. Today there remains a small number of black / grey Heritage Angoras. Sadly the brown genes appeared to have been lost.
What can you do with AHA fleece?
The fleece from Angora goats is called mohair. Some of the characteristics of mohair are: Luster. Mohair has a beautiful luster which sets it apart from other natural fibres Strong and long wearing. Warm and soft Fine mohair can be dyed and used as dolls hair. It can also be spun and used in much the same way wool is used either for knitting or crochet. Contrary to popular opinion, mohair can be spun by itself. However it combines well with wool and silk. As an animal ages, its mohair becomes coarser.This coarser mohair can be used in weaving and felting. It can also be used as stuffing in cushions and doonas.
Is my goat an Australian Heritage Angora?
We love to hear from anyone who may still have heritage angoras. If you are able to trace your goats bloodline, why not get in contact with us at email@example.com