>I'm new to the group and would like your input on some questions I have
>concerning Cashmere goats.
>I do know that there is no such thing as a "cashmere goat" so what
>contributes to making a cashmere goat? I'm looking to raise several of
>these. Right now I'm only researching. I live in north central Arkansas
>and have some land that needs clearing. These goats have caught my eye.
>Could you discuss "one on one" the ups and downs of working with and
>keeping cashmere goats? Also, why are you selling out?
>Thanks for all your help. I really need some insight before I pursue my
I'm probably not the best person to ask, since I only have the one cashmere. That's why I'm "selling out." He was an impulse buy, but I decided to just stay concentrated on angoras. I have 13 angoras, one cashmere and one mutt (my first kid born on my mini-farm), two dogs, four cats, and a *full time job* 40 miles away. I don't have a lot of time to devote to goats, and want to be a good mom to the goats I have. So I am trying to cut back on the numbers, hence the goats posted for sale.
If you happen upon a copy, the Fall 2004 issue of Wild Fibers magazine has a good article on cashmere goats in it.
What makes a cashmere goat is the amount of undercoat the goat produces, and the micron count (fineness) of the fur. Even my pygmy/lamancha cross produces cashmere - not a lot, but it is soft as anything. So you might get confused by various pictures showing you totally different looking goats and everyone calling them cashmeres. You don't shear a cashmere, but rather, you brush it when the hair is falling out in the spring -- they "blow their coats" just like dogs do.
What little I know from comparing a cashmere to a field of angoras... angoras are far more docile, especially when they are in full fleece in the summertime and too hot to care about anything. My cashmere buck grew to his full height much faster than my angora buckling, and matured faster sexually, too. The biggest concern I have is safety -- angora goats' horns grow straight back and then flare gently, while the cashmere's flared out very quickly from the top of his head. On the other hand, my cashmere is far more aggressively social too. He comes right to me and talks to me and walks next to me and generally does what I tell him to immediately rather than requiring coaxing like a cat. He had no problem with being brushed to gather the cashmere when he shed it in the spring, and was quite patient
with me about it.
... I'm happy to answer any other questions if you have them...