Aussie Angora on the world’s stage
An Angora goat breeder in Redmond is doing her best to promote the mohair industry in the region, saying it offers producers great value, with high quality fibre being bought up by European fashion houses for up to $60 a kilogram.
Jane Orchard has been breeding Angora goats for weaving-quality mohair for 35 years.
She owns and operates Marbelup Brook Angora goat stud with about 200 goats run over 87.8ha.
Ms Orchard has been instrumental in helping other producers in the region establish small mohair operations by providing good-quality Angoras and advice on getting the best results.
As a leader in the production of high-quality mohair in WA, Ms Orchard said she would like to see the emerging Australian mohair industry establish itself as a key export resource.
“With increasing international recognition of mohair as the most luxurious and lustrous natural fibre in the world, supply and demand and good prices provide a very secure and profitable enterprise,” she said.
Ms Orchard said her years of breeding Angoras had primarily been for high-quality mohair, but bred on large-framed animals suitable for broad acreage grazing enterprises.
Australian Small Scale Mohair Production president Lynne Carter said a vast number of mohair producers were older people and the peak body was working to encourage younger people into the industry.
Ms Carter said rearing Ang- oras for mohair production was a physical job, with the goats requiring shearing twice a year, so it was her focus to encourage higherquality produce through improved genetics and to improve the marketing of mohair to provide higher prices for farmers through export channels to incentivise new farmers to get involved in the industry.
Marbellup Angora Stud owner Jane Orchard with some of her sought-after Angora mohair goats.
Marbellup Angora Stud Angora mohair fleece.