Buying Your Goat
FACT: THE SERIOUS BREEDER BUYS QUALITY STOCK, CULLS ANIMALS WHO DO NOT MEET HIS CRITERIA AND KEEPS ACCURATE RECORDS. BUYING GOOD STOCK FROM REPUTABLE BREEDERS IS THE SECRET TO SUCCESSWhat do we mean by a "good Cashmere goat"? It is simply a Cashmere goat whose fiber characteristics have been selected to produce MORE and BETTER quality fiber.
This ability is DETERMINED by genetics and INFLUENZED by management and climate
Fiber quality is evaluated by examining the individual fiber under electronic microscope (or other specific equipment designed to study animal fibers). These instruments measure certain physical characteristics of the fiber, such as length and fineness (measured in microns), and are an aid for the breeder to help chose the best producers in his or her herd
There are other characteristics which need to be taken into onsideration, and an individual goat must not only produce any given fiber quality, it also must be able to transmit this qualty ti its offspring - this is where the knowkedge and ability of the breeder is essential
"Cute" is not part of this equation!
Proper management exteriorizes the genetic capacity of a given animal to produce good quality fiber: too much fiber can coarsen the fiber, keeping the animals indoors is detrimental to the growth of healthy fiber, and so on.
This is the third piece of the whole picture of fiber production: a distinct fotoperiod and extreme temperatures are the ideal environment for Cashmere production
High levels of envirnmental humidity and moderate temperatures will not allow the genetic capabilities of a selected fiber animal to express themselves properly