Angora Goats originated in Turkey
and were highly prized by the Sultan. Exports were guarded and infrequent.
Today's mohair industry is based mainly
on herds developed in South Africa
and the United States. Original imports were to these countries in the
mid to late nineteenth century. Imports between South Africa and Texas have been
infrequent. A large number of bucks were imported from South Africa to Texas
In 1993 and 1994 importations of Angora goats from South Africa to Texas were
successfully undertaken by the Haby-Lockhart-Ross-Speck Partnership. In 1993,
a partnership was formed between myself, Hayden Haby, Jesse Lockhart, and Joe
David Ross to attempt to import Angora goats from South Africa. The Thorn
Park Angoras Stud (a Stud is a recorded registered herd) was having a dispersal
sale. We were able to purchase a number of bucks and does from that
sale. Arranging a protocol with the U.S.D.A for importation
the U.S. is another lengthy story but the end result is; it was accomplished. We
were also able to obtain some bucks and does from the Martyrsford Stud in the
initial shipment. In 1994 a second importation was accomplished and a select
few goats from the Martyrsford, Loch Dale Angoras, and Waldeck Angora Stud were
imported. We are especially appreciative of the help of our fifth partner
, Mike Hobson (a South African farmer with an Angora Stud) in selecting the
excellent breeding stock from the Martyrsford Stud.
Speck Angoras has genetics that are "Texas", combination Texas and South African,
and "South African".
The South African Angoras are Haby-Lockhart-Ross-Speck Partnership goats. Pedigrees
of the straight "Texas" goats have not been traced back to the 1925 importation
of South African genetics.
Why did we import South African goats? That
is a question we are
frequently asked. I will make some general observations on both the South
African goats and our Texas goats in an attempt to answer that question.
Haby, Lockhart, Ross, and myself all strive to produce goats with fine, high
yielding, stylish hair. My herd, for instance, has evolved to have a large
number of goats with very fine, ringlet, high yielding hair that is uniform on
from the neck to the breech. I have attempted to eliminate kemp but still
have goats I cull for excessive kemp. Luckily I have managed to obtain
good body size and conformation on the majority of the goats but there are a
number of goats with beautiful fleeces that lack spring of rib, have a narrow
loin and narrow set back legs. Our horns are not as uniform as we
would like. While the majority of our goats have good staple length, some
of the very fine goats could use longer staple. The South African goats
we imported had some features we felt would complement our goats. We were
impressed with the excellent body conformation with wide spring of ribs, wide
loin, level rump, and correct hip and leg structure that a number of South African
goats enjoy. We also selected on freedom from kemp. The excellent
staple length and very high yield to the hair were other factors we felt would
be helpful. We hope to incorporate the positive attributes the South African
goats offer with the positive attributes our goats have in an endeavor
to produce the “perfect goat”.
In the Speck Angora herd, we maintain
about fifty percent straight "Texas" goats.
We also continue to mix and match with South African goats. Our goal is to produce
breeding stock that will consistently produce uniform offspring. The task
is both rewarding and beset with obstacles.
The foundation of the Speck Angora
herd was significately contributed to by the
Haby stud bucks, legendary"Superfine 484" and H-787 "Son of Champion". "Champion" was
a Ross stud buck ahead of his time.
Bloodlines that contributed
included Pember, Schmidt, Lockhart, Ross, Haby, Ebling, and Oehler.From
this base a number of FLS (Speck
Angora) bucks and does have
been produced. Listed below are examples of some noteworthy bucks.
4P 210 - This large, upstanding, proud buck has a ringlet,
very uniform fleece. His sire is FLS8-43, the best son of Haby 787, “Son
of Champ” we
ever raised. On the show circuit, he has been Champion or Reserve Champion
Buck at many major shows. He sired one of our best breeding studs, FLS2-404
FLS2-404 - This buck breeds true and has produced super kids.
He has excellent conformation with a wide spring of ribs, wide hindquarters,
straight back legs,
and strong typical horns. He carries a fine, ringlet yearling grade fleece
and is uniform from neck to britch. His sire is 4P-210, grand sire is
FLS8-43, and great-grand sire is H-787.
FLS1-249 - This is one of the finest fleeced, most uniform
bucks we have. His sire is FLS9-68 and his dam, FLS9-76, is a daughter of “Superfine”.
In 1994 he was the first place Aged Buck at the Kerrville, San Antonio, and
Jr. Stock Shows.
FLS6-1382 - When Hayden Haby & Jesse Lockhart saw this
buck as a yearling, they called him the "perfect buck". He has correct
horns, thick body, and a fine ringlet long stapled fleece with kid hair. He
is a son of
has produced many excellent kids.
FLS8-1810 - A son of 1382, this buck still carries a fine
ringlet kid fleece and has produced many excellent kids. He is one of our top
mother is out of 249 and was on the show circuit. She won the Grand Champion
Goat of Show in Kerrville in 1997.
FLS0-2671 - This is a son of 404 with an excellent conformation.
wide-bodied, level rumped, walks wide, and is showy with a mohair tail. He
produces excellent offspring. He is 75% Texan and carries a fine fleece.
We credit his body conformation to both his South African grandfather(Hobson-04
) and FLS2-404.