Practical Angora Goat Raising
C. P. BAILEY & SONS COMPANY
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
For several years
beginners in the Angora goat industry were without text
books, and even to-day there are very few practical
treatises. From our forty years of experience in farming
Angoras, and from the personal observations of our Dr.
W. C. Bailey, while in the interior of Asia Minor, we
have tried to select the essential points in the
successful management of Angora flocks, and to present
these points so that they may be used.
We have given a brief
outline of the history of the Angora goat, but we have
devoted several pages to consideration of detail in
breeding and kidding. It has been our aim to make this a
practical text book for the beginner in the Angora
industry, and if it proves of value to him, it has
fulfilled its mission.
Present history traces
the Angora goat to the vilayet of Angora, in Asia Minor,
and to the country immediately surrounding this vilayet.
Some have set a date over two thousand years ago,
claiming that the Angora goat was introduced into Asia
Minor at that time, but the only authentic history is
that given by Tournefort, a French naturalist, employed
by his government, who explored Asia Minor about two
hundred and fifty years ago, and who described and
pictured the Angora goat about as he appears to-day8
and by Evliya Effendi, a Turk, who wrote in 1550 of the
goats, and by a few other writers. That they have not
changed more is due to the fact that the Turk is quite
content as he is, and he has no ambition to breed a
different goat from what he has had for at least the
past three centuries.........