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All of our animals run free in spacious pastures and are extremely well socialized.

All of our animals run free in spacious pastures and are extremely well socialized.

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Background and Characteristics

Rare and wonderful Cashmere Goats:
  • Are smart, gentle, and personable.
  • Produce soft, luxurious cashmere fiber.
  • Love to eat wild rose, poison ivy, bramble, honeysuckle, and other weeds.
Many people are surprised to learn that all cashmere comes from goats.  This incredibly soft and fine fiber is the goats' undercoat.  Until recently, most cashmere came from goats living in the cold regions of Central Asia.

History

In the 1970s, a program to develop goats that would produce cashmere in our climate was begun.  Wild goats from Australia were crossed with Spanish meat goats living in the American southwest.  After years of selective breeding, American Cashmere Goats were born.

Cashmere Fiber

Cashmere goats start growing a new coat of cashmere fiber each summer.  By winter, most of the goats look like four-legged puffballs.  The cashmere fiber starts to loosen and shed in early spring.

The natural color of cashmere fiber is usually light to chocolate brown, cream, white, or gray, a color that often differs from that of the goats' outer coat.

Personality

Cashmere Goats are remarkably intelligent, friendly, and easy going. They get along well with other animals, children, and each other and never "butt" people with their beautiful horns.

Diet

Although Cashmere Goats prefer to eat weeds and brush, they also like pasture plants and hay.  Like other goats, they digest their food in stages and don't eat much for their size.

In pasture settings, Cashmere Goats mix well with cattle and horses, which prefer different plants. Goat feed is only needed when females are pregnant or nursing and while the kids are young.

Additional Information

You can learn more about Cashmere Goats by visiting www.easterncashmereassociation.org.