fiber goats humidity ???

Discussion in 'Fuzzy Fibers' started by booboo, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. booboo

    booboo New Member

    May 21, 2010
    :) Hi everyone, I have been swaying towards the idea of keeping fiber goats here in Slovenia.To the best of my knowledge their is no fiber goats here. One women did bring them in just after the second world war and she was unsucessfull breeding them(so I was told) due to mold on the skin which occured because of the high levels of humidity here.So here I am trying to gather as much information on this as possible. I have a meeting on monday with a goat specialist and will ask then the name of this condition and hopefully breeding lines and advancement will allow me to keep these goats.
    The question is does anyone know what levels are too high?
    Does anyone here keep them where levels are high and what level is that?
    Does anyone know any site or links as to where I could find this information?
    I have been searching the web for days and I am on dailup and its very slow and takes forever just to turn a page.
    What I do know is there is a lady in Italy who breeds cashmers successfully and her average humitidy per year is 63%; from july to december its 54% to 77%.
    :) All information gratefully received no matter how small,
    thanks in advance.
  2. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I raise Cashmere, but we have no humidity at all (to speak of). Now what is the temp there in July to Jan? That is really the only time it will effect anything. That is their Cashmere growing season.

    Now here in the winter we have lots of snow. So I am not sure what the Humidity difference would be for that.

    When my hubby was in the military, we were stationed in Germany. We did a trip Chezkasylvocia. (wow I have no idea how to spell it) Then the next time we went it was the chez republic.

  3. mrs. lam

    mrs. lam New Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I was wondering about heat too. I live in Alabama and it will be 98 with a heat index over a hundred on Sunday. Maybe that's why I have never seen them here. We do have wool sheep here and they are pretty miserable. We just clipped Baa Baa this weekend and bless him, he's still hot. (he's also jet black so we make sure he has shade)

  4. booboo

    booboo New Member

    May 21, 2010
    Hi sweetgoats, thanks for replying. Ok this was what I got after hours of searching, not sure how accurate this is;
    Highs and lows
    July +25 +14
    August +19 +14
    Sept +18 +11
    Oct +14 +6
    Nov +9 +1
    Dec +3 minus 2
    Jan +1 minus 5

    It does'nt get much higher than the highs stated but it sure gets colder, it can easy drop another 10 to 20 degrees lower.
    I can find a lot of general information on fiber goats but not detailed. The specialist here only specialize in meat and dairy goats, he has kindly agreed to talk to contacts they have in germany and other surrounding countries to try help.

    mrs. lam; the only information at this time that I can find regarding heat is that too high affects the quailty of the fleece, (what too high means I have no idea) now I am not 100% sure as I am just quoting what I read from the internet.

  5. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    We get over 100 here in the summer. Today it should be at 99, so the heat is not a problem as long as they have some shade to get out of the direct sun. Also they HAVE To HAVE their horns. That is how they release their body heat. They do not pant like dogs, so that is why they NEED their horns. I have seen a goat die at a show becasue someone dehorned it and it was really hot. The temp was 108, and she was not sick, it is just because she could not release the heat.

    Una, It sounds like they would be just fine there. Wouldn't that be cool to be the first ones to start Cashmere goats again?
  6. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    Well, here in Pennsylvania we have a lot of humidity. It's 73% today, temp right now is 76F, going to be 86 later. I told Hubby, "if it is this humid I should at least be able to see an ocean", LOL. My cashmere goats have all shed their fiber and aren't prone to heat problems any more then my NDG's. They do start getting fuzzy before the summer is over, so sometimes if it's really hot I'll turn the barn fan on. But, usually they are content to find some shade and lounge around till it gets cooler. I haven't had any skin problems. But, I can only account for my goats, not sure how the angora's and others do.

    Good luck with your project. Cashmere goats are great, a little more wild then other breeds, but, with a little work they do tame down.
  7. fiberchick04

    fiberchick04 New Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    Like Lori said, it can get pretty hot here in Colorado. My goats have all done well. No problems with heat or the cold.

    I think Cashmeres are probably one of the more docile breeds. Granted, like any animal, if you don't handle them then yeah they won't want to be around you, but like Di said, when worked with they will calm down. But a lot of mine are naturally just docile. But keep in mind we handle ours a ton lol just like any breed, if you work with them they will be very docile = )

    I do wonder if Angoras would have problems in the humidity. Hmm..something to research = )
  8. booboo

    booboo New Member

    May 21, 2010
    Hi and thanks everyone for your replies and encouragement.I am slowly getting the information I need.Have had to drive down to the local town to use the Internet as ours wont stop disconnecting.
    It seems our average humidity levels from July to January is 65% to 86%. I was hoping it would be a little lower but it is not as high as I thought.Now I must go and compare with the rest of the world where they farm fiber goats and fingers crossed, also have appointment with the local goat vet on thursday to discuss what medical treatment they are licensed to use and for what. Some of my neighbors think I am being really anal about this and maybe I am,its just I dont want to buy a vet bill so to speak and it would not be fair on the goats goats.
    Anyway the saga continues, will post on here as soon as I know anymore