Saturday, February 10, 2007

For Flag Gazer and Keys for IDing Goats from Sheep for De'on and Kayla!

A flock of 600 Angoras heads for home pastures at ranch of "Goat King" Adolph Stieler near Comfort, Texas. A sure way to tell goats from sheep is to note their tails: goat tails always point up, sheep tails down. Texas is the biggest U.S. goat State. There are nearly 4,000,000 Angora goats in Texas, which is almost as many as there are in Turkey where Angoras come from.

Life August 31, 1942


Flag Gazer said...

Texas is still the biggest goat state. Although, during the Clinton administration, the Angoras took a hit. Now there is more of a focus on meat goats from the Spanish goats and the Boers. Most of west Texas is goat country.

De'on Miller said...

This is all very interesting. I know this part of New Mexico is very big on meat goats. The 4-Hers show many at our Lea County Fair. Of course, maybe this wouldn't be the country for Angoras, but they are just the most beautiful animals, and I can't help thinking of God's mind and all that He does with His creation. Imagine, beauty, warmth, clothing, all from these little guys. With God, nothing is wasted.