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Acashmererngoat is any breed of goatrnthat produces cashmere wool. Cashmere wool is a goat's fine, soft, downy, winterrnundercoat used for commercial use.

rnrnThe namern"cashmere" comes from Kashmir, the wild and mountainous area of Indiarnand Pakistan; however, the fiber came from Tibet and was woven in Kashmir. In thern15th Century India, more than 50,000 people were employed in the processing ofrncashmere.

rnrnIn the 19thrnCentury, a Scottish manufacturer, Joseph Dawson, developed the first mechanicalrnmethod of separating the fine down fibers in the goat's fleece from the coarserrnouter hairs. This breakthrough shifted the cashmere manufacturing to Scotlandrnand the modern era of fine cashmere knitwear began. 

rnrnCashmere production is a new industry for the United States.rnThe first Cashmere goats were imported from Australia and New Zealand in thernlate 1980's. Since then several Cashmere breeders and growers have beenrnproducing breeding stock to launch this new industry in the US. They arernsheared once a year and a full grown adult buck will yield as much as 2.5rnpounds of fleece. The fleece consists of two kinds of fiber, cashmere and guardrnhair.


Cashmere Goats Associations


International Dairy Goat Registry - International Fiber Breed Registry - www.idgr-ifbr.com


Northwest Cashmere Association Northwest Cashmere Association - www.nwcashmere.org


The Australian Cashmere Growers Association Inc The Australian Cashmere Growers Association Inc - www.acga.org.au


The Cashmere Goat Registry - www.cashmeregoatregistry.blogspot.com


The Eastern Cashmere Association The Eastern Cashmere Association - www.cashmeregoatassociation.org


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