Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goats' Wool Socks It to Odorous Feet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goats' Wool Socks It to Odorous Feet

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Byline: By Dave Black

Socks which do away with odorous feet are bringing the sweet scent of success to a Northumberland farming business.

The socks come from the luxurious fleece of Angora goats - and the super-smooth fibre means there is no hiding place for the bacteria which creates smells.

Devotees of the mohair socks swear by them and say they can wear them for weeks without subjecting family or friends to the effects of smelly feet.

They are sold by Mike and Rita Collins, who have a 250-strong herd of Angora goats at their Capricorn Mohair business based at Carrshield, near Hexham.

They have been selling the socks for three years and their odour-busting properties means more and more people are buying them, all over the UK and overseas.

Now the socks have gone on sale at tourist information centres across Northumberland where it is felt their warmth and comfort - and freshness - will appeal to visiting walkers, riders, golfers and anglers who spend a lot of time on their feet.

Mike and Rita's goats are sheared twice a year and the fleeces sent off for spinning, knitting and dyeing before the finished socks and other products are returned for final processing and sale. …

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