January 10, 2009

My Spinners Flock

Our Angora Does

Bella – Black Angora Doe, herd queen. 3 yrs. old
When exposed to the sun, Bella's fleece turns silver gray.

Aurora (Bella's daughter) – White color carrier* Angora Doe. 1 yr. old Aurora was produced from breeding 2 solid black parents.

Bonnie Lass – White Angora Doe. 2 yrs. old Bonnie has a different horn set (puts me in mind of Long Horn cattle) than the other does, her horns turn out, instead of curving back towards her head.

Fairchild (Bonnie Lass' daughter) – White Angora Doe 1 yr. old She may also be a color carrier, her sire was a Red Angora.

Our Angora Bucks

The boys at 6 months old out playing

Jacob’s Chance – White Angora Buck 1 yr. old

The Sundance Kid – Black Angora Buck 1 yr. old
Jacob and Sunny are my babies. Both were adoptions from a fiber farm. Both were bottle fed and raised in the house. Jacob's mother died at childbirth. Sunny's mother did not produce enough milk to feed twins.

The Angora Wethers

Beauregard – Silver Gray Reverse Badger Angora Wether. 2 yrs. old

In fleece his has multi colored layers of silver gray and cream.
Sheared he is basically silver. Reverse Badger is dark silver top, light cream under markings. Some say a rare coloring.

Rip Shorn - aka Rippy. White Angora. 5 yrs. old Rippy was our first Angora. He came to us due to having a flaw (in the breeders opinion). As a young kid he somehow managed to get his ear tag caught in a fence and rip his ear in half. He was the kid no one else wanted. To us he was perfect.

The Shetlands

My Wooly Boys

Angus - Brown Moorit

Aberdeen - Brown Moorit

Kirby- Gray Blue

Kelly - Black

I am concentrating on breeding for black and white fleece. White for dying, blacks for the deep to light shades of silver, gray and black.
*Color carrier - White Colored Angora goats can come from one or both parents who are colored. They are considered "color carriers or colored factor" animals. They may carry recessive color genes and produce highly colored kids.

Fleeces vary animal to animal. Crimp varies by animal and some fleeces can be used for doll hair.
I shear the animals myself, at times I do not shear in whole fleeces. If not shearing in whole fleece, I shear the clean areas first and put them aside for spinning fleeces and toss the rest.


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures.

Joanna said...

I don't know much about sheep but thanks to you, I'm learning. :-)

I need FLEECE 101, what do you do with the fleece? or what do the people you seel to, do with the fleece?

City Mouse said...

Oh, they are just gorgeous. I've become very interested in fiber animals, and had been considering Angora Rabbits. But I've been so busy learning about goats and chickens, I haven't looked at much else. Thanks for the lesson today. I'm going back to read it again.

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

Your angora goats are just gorgeous! I nominated your blog for the Lemonade Stand Award, I hope you don't mind. But you always have such a great, positive attitude and a great blog too, I couldn't help but nominate your blog.

Yellow Jacket Ridge Angoras said...

Oh my gosh Bonnie Lass looks like my Izzy (Isabella)...she has those horns! She also carries the color gene and her son was a beautiful coco. My Izzy is a hazard. She's got a bitchy attitude and tells on everyone! Too funny. She has the most obnoxious voice you have ever heard! Cracks everyone up. I just love her to death. Talk about personality. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Your goats are gorgeous!

Robin said...
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Robin said...

Your Angora goats are beautiful. I would like to get some again. Working on that for this year