The Cashmere Goat
FACT: The beauty of Cashmere is due to its exceptional lightness and softness; these properties are TRANSMITTED with the animal's geneology, are INFLUENZED by feeding and management, and are IMPROVED by the process of transformation to the finished product. The sum of thee characteristics means a truly amazing fiber: Soft, fine, opaque and 'crimpy': all properties that help attract and retain heat while maintaining its gossamer weight. In other words: The Fiber of Kings!
Goats are intelligent, stubborn and extremely entertaining animals that are suitable for either small family farms or large, extensive breeding systems. Cashmere goats in particular are hardy and adaptable and can survive almost anywhere if suitable shelter is provided from the rain and severe cold. We chose Cashmere goats for their suitability to natural, extensive breeding systems which require little time and a minimal investment in structures and equipment. They fit extremely well in many models of SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK SCHEMES and can be raised alone or in addition to other animal species, to take full advantage of their SYNERGIC grazing habits: goats eat the unpalatable weeds that other animals scorn.
"GOATS TURN WEEDS INTO PROFIT" and thrive on unimproved pasture and abandoned farmland that sheep and horses cannot utilize. Their preference for weeds, brambles, and thorny or prickly plants of all kinds that choke normal pastureland make them the "NATURAL WEEDWHACKER WITH NO SPARE PARTS" They can be used to great advantage to improve abandoned land, clear undergrowth in forests, maintain woodlands, roadsides and riverbanks, and complementary graze with other animals to increase the quantity of spontaneous legumes in pastures. Castrated male Cashmere goats (wethers) make the ideal (and very "chic") companion for horses and donkeys.
Once a secure fence is installed, they require very little else in the way of care: Cashmere goats are low-maintenance, requiring low percentages of protein and are capable of utilizing less costly high-fiber fodder. They make excellent mothers and are perfectly capable of raising more than one kid when fed properly. Together with their exceptional luxury fiber, for which there is always a demand, Cashmere goats also produce top-quality low-cholesterol meat and excellent quality hides which command top prices