In searching online for an easy definition of Cashgora, I couldn’t find the one I wanted to use here. These are basically your standard goat that has been bred with an Angora. You end up with one of 3 types of fibers. A, B, or C. A is like Angora, C is like Cashmere and B is a touch of both. On the farm we have ended up with one of each of those. We call them the “Marie” family. So named by my youngest daughter.
Rose Marie (C) – The Matriarch of the family.
Her mother was a milking goat (Nubian Oberhasli cross) and her father was an Angora. She has the same father as our two Angoras (Gypsy and Griffin). We pluck her cashmere fluff from her every spring and while she’s a pretty girl, there is about a month every year where she looks pretty raggedy
In 2014 we breed her and Gypsy with the same Angora. While Buster and these 2 share the same father. While Buster is full Angora, these 2 are my A and B in the Cashgora spectrum.
The white one is Misty Marie (A) and the tan/grey is Bleu Marie (B).
This picture is clearly of only one goat, Misty. Bleu manages to escape pictures or be just in the background, all the time. So if you look above (top 2 pictures), you can see glimpses of little Bleu. Here you can see the two of them balancing on each other to reach the branch that’s just out of reach. Teamwork!
If you search you will also find breeds listed such as Pygora and Nigora. These are Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf Goats (respectively) that have been crossed with an Angora. Basically it’s a smaller goat producing Cashgora fiber. We only have the Marie family here though I have considered the others and may consider them more in the future.