— The Openherd Team

Hidden Pastures Luxury Fiber Farm & Shop

A very special place to be!

Mike & Natalie Burger
35 Newton AvenueBranchville, NJ 07826

Angora Rabbits

Why we chose Angoras?

On one of our jaunts to the many fiber festivals we attend, I had my heart set on bringing home and Angora Bunny….and of course you can’t have just one!  Angora fleece has unique properties that make it wonderful by itself and magical when blended

with other natural fibers, especially alpaca.  Angora rabbits come in all sizes and colors making them an ideal addition to any luxury fiber farm.


What are Angora Rabbits?

The Angora rabbit is a domestic rabbit bred for its long soft fleece.  It is one of the oldest domestic rabbits, originating in Ankara (historically known as Angora and
currently Turkey).  They were popular pets with French royalty in the mid-18th century and then spread to other parts of Europe.  They first came to the United State in the early 20th century.

They are bred for their wool, which is called Angora.  You can harvest Angora by shearing, combing or plucking from the bunny, which does not harm them.  There are many breeds of Angora rabbits, but only four are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association; they are English, French, Giant, and Satin.


What we Breed

Hidden Pastures breeds primarily English Angoras, but we also have French and Giant Angoras.  The English Angora is a small rabbit but is the only breed of Angora to have facial fur. They have dense bangs and side trimmings on their faces and their ears
are dramatically fringed, making them adorable! French Angoras are a large rabbit and have more guard hair throughout their fleece then their smaller counterparts, giving their fleece as distinct halo.  The largest breed is the giant, truly a marvel in size and fleece production.


Angora Fleece

Angora wool is very nice for handspinning into yarn and making into warm, beautiful, lightweight garments.  It is pleasing to handle due to its soft silky texture.  The wool may be left in its natural state or is very easy to dye.  After spinning, the fleece has a natural bloom and halo which gives Angora yarn its fuzzyappearance.  Angora compliments other natural fibers beautifully.  We make a variety of Angora blend yarns which are available in our fiber shop.


National Clubs & Organizations

We are members of the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club. www.nationalrabbitbreeders.com, and more infomation can be found at the American Rabbit Breeders Association. www.arba.net