goats were brought to the ranch by Alfred Giles who saw
the need for brush management. The goats have been our
most profitable venture over the years. They are able to
control the juniper (cedar) and have kept the carrying
capacity of the ranch up.
Just like our cattle and sheep, our goats are not fed.
Nannies begin kidding in April. Kids are vaccinated at
about 6 weeks of age and are weaned at about 5 months of
Nannies are sheared twice a year, while billy goats are
sheared only once a year (in the summer). Kids average
about 2 pounds of mohair for their first shearing, while
nannies average about 4.5 pounds of mohair per shearing.
Billies average about 12 pounds of mohair annually.
Due to years of breeding, our adult goats typically all
grade kid hair. This is finer than most other adult
goats. Kid hair is the finest mohair there is.
Once our goats are sheared, the mohair is bagged and
taken to Ranchman’s Wool and Mohair Export, Inc in
Kerrville. It is then stored in the warehouse until it
is stuffed into a sea container with a USDA seal bound
for South Africa. Mohair does not have to be sold
immediately. It can be stored for years as long as it is
in a suitable environment (dry) and pests (squirrels and
moths) can be controlled. We have stored Mohair for up
to twenty years, waiting for favorable market cycles to