Conclusion

The present-day Angora goat is an animal breeding success, with its ability to produce more than twice as much fiber compared to 100 years ago. However, the ability to produce more fiber almost certainly has been achieved with a concurrent loss in adaptability. Except in very favorable years, today's animals must be supplemented at critical times in order to maintain satisfactory levels of kid, meat, and mohair production. Further, the high priority the goat now has to produce fiber appears to have made it more susceptible to nutrition-related health problems, compared to other breeds. The long decline in the world's Angora goat population is a direct result of the inability of this animal enterprise to provide producers with adequate, consistent income. This in turn is a consequence of changing fashion trends and a general decline in demand for and use of animal fibers in modern textiles, in favor of cheaper synthetics. Although mohair is still one of the most important of the specialty animal fibers, its consumption is not expected to increase dramatically, despite the best efforts of producers' promotional groups and federal support programs.

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