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. Since 1988 we have farmed organically to Soil Association Standards.
From 1986 to 2021, we focussed on breeding Angora Goats and producing good natured and well framed animals with exceptionally fine, lustrous and kemp-free mohair fleeces. (Kemp is a short thick fibre which makes poor quality mohair itchy). Each year kids were born in February and March. All the goats were shorn twice a year, usually in July and January. The young goats were graded according to the quality of the fleece and body and the best joined the breeding flock when they were 2½ years old. Our oldest goats often reached 12 years old by which time they had contributed 24 fleeces! The very best goats were selected for showing or for selling as breeding stock.
In 2021, we sadly had to make the decision to reduce our goat numbers. As a swansong at Devon County Show in July 2021 (the only live Angora show of the year) we had considerable success. Our beautiful goats achieved Supreme Champion and Champion Buck and Supreme Champion fleece. We left the show ring on a high. Proving to us that we were still producing some of the best goats and finest mohair in the UK . In late November, the sad day came when the last goats left the farm.
We have thankfully found many loving homes for members of the Corrymoor flock who are going on to lead happy lives on farms and smallholdings from Devon to the north of Scotland as well as parts of Europe.
We are now concentrating on building up our organic herd of cattle and aim to produce low impact organic beef based on the beautiful British Beef Shorthorn breed. We have always farmed in an environmentally sensitive way, and we plan to further focus on reducing our carbon footprint by developing a healthy farm that supports the environment and encourages a diverse ecosystem in this precious part of the Blackdown Hills AONB.
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 4 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.
After 35 years of breeding Angora Goats both for the show ring and for their mohair fleeces we are confident that we can select the very best mohair for Corrymoor Socks - focussing on softness, strength and length. The mohair we use for socks is commercially washed and combed into tops, worsted spun (for smoothness and strength) into yarn. Since 1990, Corrymoor Socks have been expertly knitted on traditional machinery in Leicestershire.
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 have expanded our range to 14 different styles and 18 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 has always been the care of our animals 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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