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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47



There is a great demand in America for the hair of the Angora goat—an animal that would probably thrive well in British Columbia.

These animals delight in stony or rocky places. They are more attached to the place where they have been bred than sheep, are more sagacious, and require less herding.

They are inclined to breed oftener than once a year, but should not be allowed to do so. They often produce twins, and having an abundance of milk, are able to rear their young well. On any farm where they thrive well, they are not liable to any disease; consequently the increase of a flock is very rapid.

Goats should lamb when there is young grass. If grass be scarce, and the goats consequently have little milk, or if their udders be tender, they will reject their kids. To make goats take to their offspring is the only difficulty connected with farming them. Young goats, more than old ones, are liable to this fault. After the kids are a month or six weeks old—during which they should not be allowed to follow the flock and get lost behind stones or heaps, or destroyed by beasts or birds of prey—neither young nor old require any particular attention. In fact, they should be left alone as much as possible. When the hair becomes loose it should be combed off for market.