Cashmere Goats


Cashmere goats are not a breed, but a type. Any goat, except for Angora goats, can have cashmere, which is the soft winter under-coat that sheds out in the spring. But most goats do not have long enough or sufficient fiber for use. Goats in Mongolia and China produce most of the world’s cashmere, but we cannot receive breeding stock from that part of the world. Many cashmere goats in the U.S. are descended from stock originating from feral goats in Australia. When they were imported to the U.S., they were very expensive. There are not too many options for processing the fiber, either. Therefore, a large-scale operation requires an investment to be profitable.

Kelda and I have experimented and found our best way of getting our cashmere. First, we are selecting goats that have undercoats longer than the guard hair. In the winter, they look quite fuzzy because what you see is the cashmere. At the end of January, after the worst cold is over, we start combing. We try to get the cashmere before the hair starts to shed. We use various dog grooming rakes and pet and cattle combs. We comb each goat several times over the next 2-3 weeks as more undercoat loosens. I have gotten up to 3 ounces of almost pure cashmere in a season from one animal. Some hairs do have to be pulled out of the fiber by hand, but it doesn’t need extensive dehairing. I wash the cashmere very carefully, dehair, card, and then it’s ready for spinning (very finely, of course) and you have one of the most luxurious fibers in the world.

We have a small number of various-colored goats. They are small, like the Shetland Sheep. While does usually weigh under 100 pounds, a full-grown buck is larger. They are fairly hardy and easy keepers (since they are descended from feral goats). The baby goats are a real joy and usually are born before the lambs. The first 2003 kid was born January 18th in weather of 8°F! We may have some goats available for sale this summer. We have also joined the Voluntary Scrapie Program.

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Goats for Sale - records of lineage available

Abner

Born 2006

Yielded 6oz. of cashmere from combing this spring.
Micron tested: mean fiber 18.3

$100

Yearling

Born 6-2-07

Micron tested: mean fiber 16.3

Sire: Praise Song Abner
Dam: Silky Fleece Sangre

$100

Buckling

Born 2-20-08

Sire: Praise Song Abner
Dam: Praise Song Ruby

$100

Buckling

Born 2-18-08

Sire: Praise Song Abner
Dam: Silky Fleece Sangre

$100

 

Buckling

Born 2-18-08

Sire: Praise Song Abner
Dam: Silky Fleece Maya

$100

Black Doe (one available)

Born 2-18-08

Sire: Praise Song Abner
Dam: Praise Song Onyx

$150


2 Does

Born 4-23-08

Sire: Praise Song Abner
Dam: Praise Song Violet

$150 each