Cashmere Goats are our major enterprise. We generally run 1000+
cashmeres, although the prolonged drought in this part of Australia has
seen us reduce our numbers at the present time out of necessity.
Through selective breeding programs, continued pressure has been
placed on the flock for increased cashmere down production, at a finer
micron. As a result we keep on moving the goal posts; what would have
been an exceptional animal (on fleece test results) 5 years ago is
pretty much the average nowdays. Still, we are continually striving to
breed better animals.
Our cashmeres produce long cashmere with a high tensile strength,
which is suitable for worsted spinning. Hence length of cashmere has
been an important fleece characteristic in the selection process. Other
fleece characteristics which we have placed importance upon are micron,
cashmere down weight, density of cashmere, coverage of cashmere and
evenness of the cashmere across the animal. Selected animals must also
be of sound conformation and robust constitution.
At this stage colour of the cashmere is of no concern to us in our
does. We do use coloured bucks, however these are usually all black.
Our best animals are coloured and as they frequently give us pure white
offspring, we see no reason to cull them from our herd.