Goats were always considered a sign of wealth. They are one of the oldest herd animals, and at the same time one of the quickest to revert to a wild feral state if allowed.
Goats have always been important for milk, meat, and cheese. Goat hair was and is an important serviceable fiber for upholstery, carpet, rugs, tents and ropes. Cashmere on the other hand is the downy undercoat fiber. But hundreds of years back, selective breeding began for improving the hair fiber creating lustrous mohair.
Today we have a wide variety of fiber goats here in the states – pygora, cashgora, mohair, and cashmere. Learn about the many important differences so you can embrace the goats in your life.