Cashmere goats are recognized mainly for the production of their luxurious fiber as well as for the quality of the meat. They are also excellent trimmers. They are very rustic goats and they adapt well to our cold climate. In the winter they only need a simple shelter that doesn’t need to be heated. They are sociable and they appreciate our presence.
The Cashmere goat is not a purebred goat in itself. It is rather a goat that produces a sub-hair with specific characteristics. To be considered as cashmere, this fiber must be at least 1.25 “in length and less than 20 microns in diameter, which gives it all its finesse and softness. It can be dark gray, beige or white, although goats can be white, black, cream, red or gray.
At the farm, we harvest cashmere in the late winter when it is about to fall. To do this we brush the goats. If it is not harvested, it will fall naturally between the months of February and April. The second step is to remove the long guard hairs that were harvested along with the precious undercoat. Since we have a very small flock that produce different colored cashmere, we do this laborious task manually. The last step is to wash and spin this luxurious fiber right here on the farm.
Life expectancy: 12 years
Weight: 40 to 60 kg
Size: can vary greatly
Gestation: about 5 months