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Wednesday, February 6, 2008 • Posted February 5, 2008

Wool and mohair are parts of the very fabric of Texas; their tradition and economic impact make the commodities valuable to the Lone Star state's fiber industry and rich history.

Spanish soldiers and missionaries first brought sheep and goats to Texas. Legendary Texans such as Stephen F. Austin first promoted wool and mohair's possibilities, and our state's farmers and ranchers have managed fiber production for hundreds of years.

Their hard work has made Texas number one in the U.S. wool and mohair industry. Texas produces about 18 percent of wool and more than 90 percent of mohair in the country, providing the world with warmth, and Texas with a financial boost. In fact, Texas wool production totaled roughly $4.5 million in 2006 and Texas mohair more than $3 million the same year.

Texas' wool and mohair industry is not just superior in size; its animals - including Rambouillet sheep and Angora goats - are of superior quality. If you are looking for warmth, go with wool and mohair. Every winter, Texans and people around the world don their Texas wool and mohair mittens, sweaters and other products to keep warm, thanks to about 1 million Texas sheep and goats who have been freshly sheered.

For more information about the industry and individual producers, visit GOTEXAN.org.

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