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. CGA produced a gorgeous 2021 calendar, full of strikingly handsome goats from member farms, and is beginning work on one for 2022. Learn more and order one here.
In 2019, the CGA hosted the New England North American Goat Show and the CGA/NWCA Cashmere Fleece Competition. The group also sponsored a conference on small ruminant management and fiber and hosted an educational booth at the NY Sheep & Wool Festival.
Sadly, CGA's annual live goat show had to be cancelled in 2020 and in 2021, but plans for the 2021 NWCA/CGA fleece competition are underway. 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.