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 Northwest Cashmere Association will hold the NWCA-CGA Fleece Competition on September 25th. CGA's annual live goat show had to be cancelled, but young people can submit a video with their goat and become a Cashmere Goat Ambassador!