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).


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 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

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

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.



Click here to download a printable version of the Angora Goat Management Plan. (pdf)


04 - Crutch Kids


04 - Second vaccinate of kids before castration (pulpy kidney, pasteurella, klem-in-die-kaak) 

  • See best practice video on how to inject goats

  • What are the vaccination options and what cover is provided? or

  • Vaccine handling guidance:


05 - Dip goats with an Angora wash (pre-shearing preparation)

  • See best practice video on dipping

  • See SAMGA Guidelines regarding the use of Washes:


11 - Shearing season start (summer clip)

  • See best practice video on shearing

  • Why are goats more susceptible to the cold in summer than winter, the importance of shelter during cold snaps after shearing?

  • See impact of Shearing on reproduction:


19 - Class young replacement ewes

  • See selection of replacement ewes (body weight)

  • What are the Repeatability and Heritability of certain traits on Angora goats?


19 - Vaccinate replacement ewes for Rift Valley Fever


19 - Commence supplementary feeding of replacement ewes (target weight for mating +28kg)


22 - Dose kids with vitamin and mineral supplement

  • See best practice video on dosing

  • What options are there for Mineral and Vitamin combinations?

  • Check faecal samples especially kids (dose as required)


25 - Veld ram auctions start



17 - Wean kids (+/- 4,5 months old)

17 - Feed kids after weaning

  • Weaning and first 18 months


18 - Class out old ewes and excess stock

  • Apart from teeth what effect does age have on reproduction?


18 - Dose ewes and rams for parasites (round worm, nasal worms) (6 weeks before mating)

  • Check faecal samples especially kids, as well as rams and ewes 6 weeks before mating. Treat as required.


18 - Dose ewes with vitamin and mineral supplement

  • Is it beneficial to supplement mineral and vitamins?



01 - Start supplementary / flush feeding of rams and ewes in preparation for mating

  • Does flush feeding make a difference?


15 - Dip kids and young goats with an Angora wash (pre-shearing preparation)

  • Dipping guidelines


22 - Shear kids and young goats (6 months)

  • Shearing guidelines


22 - Dose kids (tape worm)

  • Check faecal samples - especially kids. Treat as indicated
  • See tapeworm and treatment options:

  • See the impact of roundworms and coccidiosis on kids

  • See the management of Coccidiosis on farms:

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

  • Why are combination doses better?

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

29 - Crutch ewes before mating


30 - Market mohair clip



01 - Mating season starts. Put rams with ewes. (8 weeks) (3% rams)

  • Teaser rams (for producers that use teasers). What is the benefit of using teaser rams?

  • Angora goat ewe oestrus cycles

  • The possible effect of lucerne on fertility



28 - Take rams out from ewes (2 Cycles + 2 weeks)

  • See managing the pregnant ewe



01 - Dip animals for external parasites (pour-on for pregnant ewes recommended)

  • Dipping guidelines

  • See the impact of lice


22 - Crutch kids



01 - It is important to feed late pregnant ewes

  • Importance of feeding the late pregnant and lactating ewe

  • Is it economical to feed the ewes?

  • What are the possible causes of abortions?


06 - Dip goats with an Angora wash (pre-shearing preparation) (do not dip pregnant ewes)

  • Dipping guidelines


13 - Shearing season starts, adults and young goats (winter clip)

  • Shearing guidelines

  • See what the effect shearing has on reproduction


13 - Inoculate ewes (pulpy kidney, pasteurella) (4 - 6 weeks before kidding)

  • Injection guidelines


13 - Dose goats with vitamin and mineral supplement (4 - 6 weeks before kidding)

  • Treat Ewes with Vitamins + Minerals 4-6 weeks before kidding. This is the most important time to supplement.


13 - Dose ewes for parasites (general broad spectrum)

  • Check faecal samples of ewes
  • See the impact of roundworms in late pregnant and lactating ewes (Peri- parturient relaxation of resistance)


20 - Minimal handling of pregnant ewes (late pregnancy)


Kidding starts, monitor closely

  • See difficult births

  • What are the causes of birth abnormalities?


Ongoing vermin control




  • For producers that use kidding pens

  • To treat the weak and cold kids

  • Raising orphaned kids ‘hansies’ see


01 - Start supplementary feeding of ewes for milk production (1 month)

  • Effect of milk production on kid survival


01 - Minimal handling of pregnant ewes (late pregnancy)


03 - Market mohair clip


Ongoing vermin control




  • See factors affecting kid mortality


01 - Extra attention on ewes during the kidding season


13 - Dip kids with an Angora wash (pre-shearing preparation)


20 - Shear kids (6 months)


Ongoing Vermin Control



11 - Crutch ewes


Ongoing vermin control



15 - Ram sales start


22 - Castrate ram kids / tag kids (8 weeks old)

  • See Guidelines on castration

  • See Guidelines on Burdizzo


29 - Dose kids (tape worm / broad spectrum)

  • See information on tapeworm in kids

  • See the options for treatment (Benzimidazoles, Halogenated Salicyclanalides and Isoquinolones)



01 - First vaccination of kids (pulpy kidney, pasteurella, klem-in-die-kaak)

  • At what age can I vaccinate the kids?

  • Must I vaccinate against Rift Valley Fever?


06 - Inoculate ewes (enzootic abortion)

  • What is enzootic abortion?


07 - Dip goats for external parasites

  • Dipping guidelines


13 - Treat kids for Coccidiosis if required

  • Check faecal samples Treat as required


Wean kids (4.5 months old)

  • Feeding weaned Kids

  • See growth rate of Angora Kids

  • See effects of weaning on the ewe

  • See effects of weaning shock





Dr Mackie Hobson


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