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. 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.
In 2020, the CGA will work with the Northwest Cashmere Association on a fleece competition, which will be held at a NWCA event. Watch this space for details! CGA's annual live goat show will be replaced this year with a virtual goat show and showmanship competition for youth. Details coming soon!