We are lucky enough to live in East Devon in the Blackdown Hills – one of England’s best kept secrets and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We farm 128 acres which is mostly permanent pasture and natural woodland with small fields and many hedgerows. As well as the lovely angora goats which produce the mohair for Corrymoor Socks, a herd of organic beef cattle and a few English Merino sheep. We moved here in 1986 and the farm has been farmed to the exacting Organic standards of the Soil Association since 1988.
We have kept Angora goats since 1986 and have been keen to breed good natured and well framed animals with exceptionally fine, lustrous, kemp-free mohair fleeces. (Kemp is a short thick fibre which makes poor quality mohair itchy). Each year kids are born in February and March. All the goats are shorn twice a year, usually in July and January. The young goats are graded according to the quality of the fleece and body and the best will, in due course, join the breeding flock when they are 2½ years old. Our oldest goats often reach 12 years old by which time they will have contributed 24 fleeces! The very best goats are selected for showing or for selling for breeding stock. Recently, we have had considerable success in the show ring, including Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh Show in 2014 and 2015. Proving to us that we are producing some of the best goats and finest mohair in the UK .
Or please contact us, Stephen and Jenny Whitley on 01404 861245 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Angora goats originally came from Turkey where the mohair fibre was the prized reserve of the sultans. Nowadays, the world’s biggest producers are South Africa and Texas with smaller amounts being produced in Australia, Lesotho, Argentina and Turkey. There are only about 2000 angora goats in UK producing about 7 tons of mohair per year. (World production is about 5,000 tonnes.) Mohair is known as the “Diamond Fibre” for its lustre, strength and durability. Unlike sheep’s wool, mohair fibres are smooth and don’t trap bacteria which cause smells.
We also have mohair fleeces for sale
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Corrymoor Angora goats are shorn twice a year and the mohair fleeces are carefully graded to ensure that only the best quality is used for Corrymoor Mohair Socks. We supplement our homegrown mohair with mohair from other British breeders and the fine mohair from South Africa. The mohair is specially selected for its quality and softness, as well as for its strength.The mohair is commercially washed and combed into “tops”, worsted spun (for smoothness and added strength) into yarn. Since 1990 our socks have been expertly knitted for us on traditional machinery in Leicestershire and dyed “in the sock” to produce the distinctive Corrymoor range.
After small beginnings with just four styles of sock and as people “cottoned” on to the AMAZING properties of mohair and why it was the perfect natural fibre for socks, we expanded our range to 13 different styles and 16 colours.
Corrymoor Socks are as versatile as mohair itself. From non-flammable upholstery in aircrafts to the finest spun cool suiting material, from Steiff Teddy Bears to crosscountry ski skins and from Navajo Indian horse cinches to delicate lace wedding dresses; the natural wicking properties and extreme strength of mohair combined with its silky soft feel ensures this unique combination of practicality and luxury. Corrymoor Socks combine these properties to provide your feet with the ultimate sock.
Any moisture is quickly wicked away. This is true... we aren't just saying it. It does mean that you can wear them for a considerably long time without washing them!
Mohair fibres are naturally smooth which makes it difficult for foot bacteria to build up thereby preventing foot hygiene and health problems. Chiropodists and podiatrists recommend Corrymoor Socks. We find that people with sensitive skin or who can’t wear wool can wear our socks.
Mohair fibres are 3 times more resistant to rubbing than wool fibres.
The Corrymoor Story is unique. Our knowledge of mohair and the sock knitting industry has grown alongside the business. Every year presents us with new challenges. Uppermost in our minds is the care of our goats and the countryside, the production of a British made product of style, quality and durability and an efficient and thoughtful service to Corrymoor Sock customers.
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