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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.

In the spirit of the upcoming Holiday season, check out  the cashmere kids on "Jingle Goats" on Youtube on a site called Giggle with the goats:  youtu.be/b4_EdJ-XkUA

History

In the 1970s, a program twas begun to develop goats that would produce cashmere in our climate.  Tough feral goats living wild in Australia were crossed with gentle Spanish meat goats living in the American southwest.  Years of selective breeding resulted in American Cashmere Goats, a uniquely hardy and sweet line.

Cashmere Fiber

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

Our goats are silver (white), badger (like an antelope), and black, and their cashmere fiber is light to chocolate brown, light grey, or cream.

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.  The kids -- born as singles, twins, or occassionally triplets -- are unbelieveably cute, affectionate, and playful.  

Diet

Although Cashmere Goats prefer to eat weeds and brush, they also like pasture plants and hay.  Like other goats, they are ruminents that 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.