Angoras exhibited first time ever at the Royal Show in Natal!

The Grootfontein Student Angora Minifarm under the guidance of Mr Hans Greeff, received an invitation from the Royal Agricultural Society of Natal to exhibit their Angora goats at the annual show in Pietermaritzburg from 26 May to 4 June 2017.  The Royal Show is Africa’s largest mixed Agricultural show and this has been the first time that Angora goats were exhibited at this show.

Each year, the Royal Show boasts approximately 450 exhibitors. Being invited by this society was a huge opportunity for the Students of Grootfontein College of Agriculture. They travelled 900 km to exhibit their 3 ewes and 1 Angora ram.

The Angora exhibition was in the centre of the small stock hall and therefore drew an enormous lot of attention. Many people do not know that Mohair comes from goats and that it is not the same as wool coming from sheep. One of the many reasons why this unit was especially invited to the show is that every year there are ladies spinning mohair to demonstrate to the spectators where Mohair blankets, knitwear and other products originate from, but a lot of people do not realize where the mohair originally comes from.

For the first time ever Angoras were shorn at the Royal Show and the mohair was spun by ladies on a spinning wheel. Scholars and show attendants watched one of the students, Justin Danckwerts, shearing the goats while another student, Sandile Nzuza, explained the shearing process to the public in both English and Zulu!! The other students in the unit classed the mohair while sharing their Angora and Mohair knowledge with the spectators.