The fine, soft fiber we associate with expensive sweaters and scarves is the down undercoat of cashmere goats. The Cashmere Goat Association (CGA) brings together breeders, fiber artists and others interested in these charming animals and the fiber they grow.
The CGA publishes a newsletter, posts educational videos, and sponsors events. Webinars are held throughout the year. Recordings of past webinars and videos can be found here. This year, CGA has a great selection of stickers, pins, and magnets for cashmere goat fans. Details are here.
An exciting opportunity to participate in a genomic research project has arisen! Cashmere goat owners can help researchers associate genetic markers with fiber qualities, and we can get free testing at a fiber lab in the process! Read all about it here.
CGA is excited to be planning a clinic for future cashmere goat judges! The clinic is open to those who are just interested in learning more about evaluating cashmere fiber and cashmere goats, and the initial sessions are virtual. Details will be available here.
CGA hosted the annual NWCA/CGA fleece competition in 2021, with nearly 100 fleeces entered. Results are on our fleece competition page. Plans are underway for a 2022 Cashmere goat show at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT. Young people may also submit a video with their goat and become a Cashmere Goat Ambassador! See our Facebook page for details.
The CGA launched a database for cashmere goats in 2019 that also serves as a registry for goats meeting the qualifications for North American Cashmere Goats. Learn more about the database and registry here. Goat owners may get fleeces evaluated by recognized judges year-round to qualify for the registry. Learn about fleece evaluation opportunities here.