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Mohair Conference to Improve NZ Goat Businesses

21 January 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Some of the world’s leading experts in Angora goats and mohair are arriving in New Zealand to share their knowledge and expertise with the country’s Angora goat farmers.

The Mohair New Zealand (Inc) and Federated Farmers Goats conference, being held in Pukekohe, near Auckland, is set to educate and inspire our Angora goat farmers over three days this month.

A highlight of the event will be the presence of GT Ferreira, a world renowned mohair producer who made his mark as a top Angora goat farmer in South Africa (regarded as the world’s best producer of high-quality mohair). He has since brought his world-class genetics, global reputation and industry contacts to Australia, where he is now based.

"GT Ferreira demonstrates the potential of Angora goats as a sustainable and lucrative farming enterprise. To have him talking to our farmers here is invaluable," said Mohair New Zealand Chairman John Woodward.

Mr Ferreira will be joined by representatives of the Turkish Mohair Industry - with the delegation led by Assoc Prof Dr Irfan Daskiran from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey. He will be accompanied by senior members of Turkish Sheep and Goat Breeders Association.

"We’re privileged to have Turkish industry experts at the event. The Angora goat originates from Turkey and is named after what was once the name of the country’s capital - Angora.

"Not surprisingly, Turkey has a longstanding Angora goat farming industry and we can learn from each other about how to improve out respective sectors.

"Attending this conference is a rare opportunity for both new and experienced Angora goat farmers to add value to their businesses," Mr Woodward said.

The conference will be held between 22-24 January in Pukekohe, Auckland. A feature of the three day event will be a field trip to David Brown’s Angora goat stud farm at Waipu on Friday 22nd and an Angora goat sale on Sunday 24th January.

The conference will be held at several venues over the three days:

  • Friday 22nd January: The Field Day will be held at David Brown’s property, 'Tahamoana' on Cove Road, Waipu from 10am
  • Saturday 23rd January: The 'Your Mohair' Conference will commence at 9am, at John Woodward’s property (617C Runciman Road, Drury), before moving to the Combined Branch Sale Building at the Pukekohe A&P Showgrounds at 11am.
  • Sunday 24th January: The Mohair New Zealand AGM and Angora Goat sale will be held at the Combined Branch Sale Building from 11am

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