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HERD HISTORY

The Cashdown Goats Partnership's Cashmere herd has always been selected to a standard. It has never been selected for fleece colour or age.

1961, Trish in the middle with her first cashmere goat.
1987
- Purchased Gumuduck herd. No bucks, does and kids. Mixed colours.
1988 Bought in does
- Geelong Gnawarrie, coloured animals.
- NSW Kinross, cast for age white, cast for colour does, multicoloured.
- Canberra, cast for colour, some really good animals, entire herd was cast for colour.
- Unimel, some very coarse animals
- Pashmina, cast for colour, mainly multicolour.
- Sandawarra Adult coloured does at Auction. Two pens of coloured doe kids.
- Cashco, coloured does, many multicolour.
1988 Bucks
- 2 Cashco
- 2 Murrey Hutchings, influence continues in herd.
- 1 Karakan
- 1 Kashmir Candid - Can trace a handful of animals in herd back to him.
- 2 Sandawarra No18 and No9. Can trace several animals back to them. They were twins by ET. No9 gave us several nice black offspring e.g. B80 a doe who has been a good all round performer with outstanding kids. She is the dam of our black buck Kassadyn Orange35.

At shearing 1988 we shore 830 does. This was our foundation herd, and from this base we have been able to apply strong selection pressure. We entered the industry when a lot of herds where being cast for colour. With hindsight I think many would say we were lucky.

1989 Does
No additions, a lot of culling.
1989 Bucks
- 1 Karakan, some influence.
- 1 Kashmir Nero, We were fortunate to obtain Nero as he was almost exported to the US. Nero has had a large influence on the herd. He was a big, solid, extremely fertile black buck. Nero was given 100+ does on a couple of occassions, he served them and then moved on to the un-joined does in the next paddock to give us many "bonuses". The majority of our biggest, highest down producing animals can be traced back to Nero.
1990
No purchases
1991
No purchases
1992 Does
- Lisa Murch of Berrambool Cashmeres began dispersing her herd. We brought 8 does from her, including O82, who has produced several outstanding kids.
1993 Does
- Purchased last of Lisa Murch's herd, 56 weaners.
- Brought the entire Kirinara herd from O&S O'Brien of King Island, 209 does and 3 newborn kids.
1993 Bucks
8 Kirinara bucks, 3 black and 5 white. One of the black bucks had a large influence on our herd. He had very dark pigmented fibre and has passed this onto his offspring.

In 1993 we started using Proftril capsules (a slow release wormer) with an ivomec chaser. This improved the health of the herd considerably.

1994 Does
The Sandarwarra herd was dispersed. From 250 joined does we selected and purchased 21 for inclusion in our herd. We have had several exceptional kids from these does.
1995
No stock purchased.
1996 Bucks
- Purchased Ladakh Jat, from Bess Vickers, the owner of the Ladukh herd. As Jat was an exceptional 8 year old white buck, we used A.I. to join Jat to approximately 160 does in 1996. This resulted in quins quads, many triplets as well as the usual twins.
- Boer Buck semen was used to inseminate 10 does. Some doe kids were kept, and remain in the herd (1998).
- Kabala B376 a white buck was purchased from Bruce Edwards.
1997 - Present Day.
No animals purchased.

Future

We entered the industry believing that Cashmere and prime lambs were an ideal combination. In 1987 we felt there was no future in coarse wool; the future belonged to fine fibres. To that end we have built prime lamb flocks, based on sheep which lose their wool and have relentlessly developed the Australian Cashmere Goat. We were under no illusions when we entered the industry; cashmeres did not cut commercial quantities of fleece. As we are now seeing numbers of animals which cut 500 grams of cashmere and a few which cut 600 grams and more, this is no longer the case.

Future Breeding aims

As our herd history shows, we have a wide range of genetic material available. We are now aiming to fix a high producing line. In doing so we will continue to breed robust animals with commercial quantities of long, dense cashmere. At this stage fibre type & quantity of fibre are important attributes, colour of the fibre is not.

2008, Supreme champion Bendigo Sheep Show.