Our bottle babies Natalie and Nadine at two days old.
The history of the cashmere goat is unclear in some respects. As mentioned earlier, the first appearance of cashmere goats seems to have occurred in the Kashmir mountains of the Himalayas hundreds of years ago. These goats of long ago possessed the precious cashmere and would be the forerunners of our goats of today.
We know that some came to the mid and south Americas almost 500 years ago with Spanish sailors during the exploration and colonization of the New World. These goats were dropped off on islands to breed and provide food on future sailing trips. Because of the isolation in which these goats lived they flourished and became a type of genetic time capsule.
In the 18th century the first settlers to Australia brought goats with them, among which were cashmeres. Today they have an extensive breeding program aimed at the improvement of the breed.
Cashmere goats were first imported into the U.S. from Australia in the 1980s and some were crossed with the feral descendants of the goats originally dropped off the Spanish sailors.
Cashmere goats are a recent arrival into the agricultural fields of Canada, arriving in the late 1980s to early 1990s, from Texas. The pursuit to improve the breed continues today.