Angora Goat Management Plan

ANGORA GOAT MANAGEMENT PLAN

Angora goat farming and Mohair production is an economic activity which does not take place in a social/ethical vacuum and as such must be compliant with acceptable social and ethical norms and standards in conjunction with animal welfare and land management as set out in the Responsible Mohair Standards (RMS).

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Every farm will differ in its management plan with variations in land use (pastures and veld), mating (kidding), shearing and husbandry procedures. This Management Plan is intended as a guideline only (informative, educational).  Speak to your livestock advisor, accredited shearing agents as well as your local vet when more detailed advice is required.

The welfare of the Angora goat is critical and minimising stress during management procedures on the farm will go a long way to increasing the production and improving the health of the Angora goat.

 

For more information on reducing stress on the farm see https://www.angoras.co.za/article/stress-in-angora-goats#329 as well as the protocols for handling of goats as available in the Management plan set out below.

 

It is important to be able to do a basic health check on the Angora goat and recognise health related problems. (How to do a basic health check see https://www.angoras.co.za/article/health-check-on-angora-goats#338).

With any farm management plan the biosecurity of your farm is important in providing a disease free environment for your Angora goats. (For information on biosecurity and what it entails see https://www.angoras.co.za/page/biosecurity#92)

The MANAGEMENT PLAN comes with links to the SAMGA Website which has information on disease, nutrition, reproduction, drugs, vaccination, parasite control and various husbandry procedures and protocols which producers might find interesting or useful.

 

JANUARY

           https://www.angoras.co.za/page/vaccine_cover_1st_addition#116

  • Vaccine handling guidance:

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/vaccine_handling#114

  • Injecting protocols see:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/injecting-angora-goats#160

  • Dip Goats (Wash) Prior to Shearing
  • See SAMGA Guidelines regarding the use of Washes:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/dipping-guidelines-washing-of-angoras-goats#277

  • See Guidelines on handling of goats at dipping:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/plunge-dipping#341

  • Shearing season starts (summer clip)
  • See Guidelines on handling of goats at Shearing:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/shearing-guidelines#340

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/impact-of-shearing-on-reproduction#337

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/repeatability-and-heritbility-of-angora-goat-traits#280

  • Supplementary feeding replacement ewes
  • Mineral + Vitamins to Rams if veld conditions are poor (sperm formation takes 9 weeks).
  • See Effect of Minerals and Vitamins on sperm production:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/mineral-and-vitamin-supplementation-effect-on-reproduction-in-angora-goats#173

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/how-to-dose-an-angora-goat#334

  • Veld Ram Auctions

 

FEBRUARY:

  • Class out old ewes (cull)
  • Apart from teeth what effect does age have on reproduction? https://www.angoras.co.za/article/ewe-age-effect-on-reproduction#291
  • Check faecal samples especially kids, as well as rams and ewes 6 weeks before mating. Treat as required.
  • Ewes Vitamin and Minerals supplementation- (This has minimal benefit in good conditions, more beneficial in dry conditions)
  • Is it beneficial to supplement mineral and vitamins?

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/vitamin-and-mineral-supplements-requirements-for-angora-goats#122

 

MARCH:

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/coccidiosis#29

  • See Resistance to Anthelmintic (roundworm treatment) and management strategies:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/roundworm-management-strategies-in-angora-goats#241

  • Why are combination doses better?

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/combination-doses-better#240

  • What Anthelmintics (doses) are available and what drug classification groups do they fall under? List of options:

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/anthelmintic_drug_list#38

  • Dose kids for tapeworm
  • See tapeworm and treatment options:

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/tapeworm#28

 

APRIL:

  • Mating season (6 weeks) 3-4% rams

 

MAY:

 

JUNE:

 

JULY:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/abortion-in-angora-goats#276

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/birth-abnormalities-in-angora-kids#296

  • Vermin control ongoing

 

AUGUST:

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

OCTOBER:

  • Crutch ewes
  • Vermin control ongoing

 

NOVEMBER:

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/anthelmintic_drug_list#38

 

DECEMBER:

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/rift-valley-fever-rvf-vaccinating-maiden-ewes-each-year#325

  • Vaccinate ewes Enzootic abortion (if required)
  • What is enzootic abortion?

https://www.angoras.co.za/page/abortion-enzootic-abortion#144

 

 

THIS MANAGEMENT PLAN IS INTENDED TO BE A GUIDELINE AND A SOURCE OF INFORMATION ONLY.

 

Dr Mackie Hobson

SAMGA Vet

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