Our fleece is priced per ounce. This is raw fleece, which means it has been combed and packaged directly from the goat.
Assessing Cashmere Fibre
Information on the different methods of assessing fibe, including pros and cons of each method. Including links to sources for obtaining both subjective and objective fibre elavaluation data on your cashmere fleeces.
Harvesting Cashmere FIbre
Explanations of the timing and technique of harvesting very clean cashmere fleeces.
Managing your Goats
Information on managing your cashmere goats in as natural a condition as possible to enusre their maxiumum health with minimal labour and input costs. Strategies to keep you both happy.
Breeding and Heritability
A general discussion and links to the most popular strategies on breeding and understanding genetic heritabilities.
Livestock Photo Gallery
Check out our livestock photo gallery where you can see our herd in full colour.
If there is some information you can not find on our site, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!
Roving Winds Farm Breeding Stock
We started our herd in 2004, after researching these goats at length and arranging to purchase our starter flock in late 2003 with animals from several different sources that represented a mix of genetics from the original mainland Australian Imports and the feral spanish cashmere goats from the range herds in Texas. Once we had determined the strengths and weaknesses of the stock we started with, we imported several bucks who are reinforcing the positive influences as well as adding genetics from the later Tasmanian imports to North America. We are working hard to develop and tweak our own specialized breeding and evaluation program so that only the best of the best are retained in our herd and/or offered as breeding stock to other producers.
Our main focus currently is increasing the volume of cashmere each animal produces while maintaining quality and consistency in the fine to medium micron range. After all, at the end of the day a cashmere goat is not a cashmere goat if it doesn't produce cashmere, in a significant enough amount to be profitable. Secondary and equally important to us is increasing the meat capacity of our animals, breeding for a correct, balanced structure for maxium feed conversion and of course one can not succeed in this goal without breeding to eliminate hoof structure defects.
Although fibre production is our main selection focus, be assured that we believe whole heartedly, in the dual purpose nature of these goats and that in order to establish a strong, sustainable industry we need to maximize both the meat and fibre aspects of these animals. We also believe that if you are going to breed your animals, you need a goal and you need to see improvements towards that goal, otherwise there is no point breeding them. We have studied genetics in depth for many years, researching and trialing the many different breeding strategies and we have used this information to develop our own unique breeding program. Similarly, we have developed a strict evaluation process and have set tough cull criteria to enable us to see gains in production in the shortest time possible. We are very excited about the future of cashmere goats in Canada.
For more information on genetic heritability and breeding perspectives, please click here.
As such, we are happy to offer before and after purchase support, including assistance with fibre sampling and objective testing, subjective fibre evaluation, hands on animal husbandry, combing techniques, the how's of putting it all together to make good choices for your unique situation and of course assistance in marketing your fibre and other value added products. Above all, we want people to have a realistic expectation of the work involved in raising these goats before they buy. In this way, we know that when we send our kids to their new homes, they will be well cared for and that the new owners will be prepared for the ups and downs and enjoy every minute of their experience; just as we do.
Sometimes this means we have invested a great deal of time with people who decide in the end that cashmere goats are not for them. Although not the ideal outcome for us, this is reality and we would rather this outcome then to make a quick sale and have our kids lost. We do not sell animals we would not keep for breeding on our farm, and typically sell the best of the best, we have to offer to other and new producers. All too often though, we see or hear of people jumping into a livestock venture having read all about the positives of an industry with little awareness of the potential down side of things. Typically stock is purchased quickly and with few questions having been asked to start their venture. When things don't go as ideally as expected they become disillusioned and sell out within 3-5 years. If we are lucky another start up farm who has done more extensive research finds these animals and they are retained in the breeding population. More often though, these genetically improved and important animals, animals that conscientious breeders sold to start a new breeder off right and in many cases better quality animals than the seller was able to start with themselves; end up at auction and are lost to the breeding population. Situations like this are especially devastating to the rare breeds in this country.
As such, we give our thoughts and perspectives freely and without obligation as we believe this is how people learn and in turn go out and educate others about cashmere and cashmere goats. In short, this is how a strong industry is developed and grown, not necessarily through making a sale every time. Not to mention, we have made some great friends and avid supporters along the way. When you boil it all down, isen't that what life is all about?
We stand behind the quality of our animals. This means that if there is a genetic health concern with a goat we sell or one of us is not happy with the quality of the fibre, we will offer a replacement animal.