Mohair Australia Ltd is the peak body representing Angora Goats in Australia. The principal activities of the company are to foster the further development and growth of the Australian Angora Goat & Mohair industry. While there are wider interests, the organisation is essentially the breed society and operates a Herd Book for animal registrations. This Herd Book has tracked the breed since the first registrations from 1949.
Angoras form a specific breed of goat which have been traced to the Anatolian plain of Turkey. Unlike most breeds the Angora produces a full fleece of wool-like fibre referred to as Mohair. Mohair is the product and the breed has been taken to “The Cape” (South Africa), the USA (Texas) and to a smaller degree Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
Mohair varies in fibre diameter depending on age and size of the animal and so has a wide range of applications in textiles. Kid mohair is the finest (20 to 28um) and is used in suiting and knitwear. Mid range mohair referred to as Young Goat (28 to 32um) is used for hand knitting yarns and general apparels including coating and outer knitwear. Adult mohair (32um and up) is more appropriate for rugs, blankets and upholstery including velours or velvets.
Mohair Australia Ltd is company limited by Guarantee comprised of individual members making up the Australian organisation divided into Regions within states and Divisions (States). The national organisation is headed by a board of 5 which are elected biennially. The president is elected from the Board following the Annual General Meeting in an election year.
Since the company has a much reduced membership, most states function without the Regional organisation level. Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland operate this way. Victoria and New South Wales retain Regional organisations. Regions elect a president and committee including a representative to go to Division meetings. Divisions may enlarge their membership with popularly elected positions.
Click here for Breed standards which includes the inclusion of naturally occurring polled alongside horned Angora Goats.