American Cashmere Producers contributing to our project
Ravenwood: Delia and Reed Rasmussen
As seen on the site, we have been evolving over the last 5 years. One year dedicated to research and visiting farms, etc., then launching into our adventure in 2008. We love being part of a community of people that loves these goats. We never weary of the cycle of seeing all the new promise in the fiber when it is harvested. It is such an amazing thing to witness this rare, luxurious downy undercoat of a cashmere goat being transformed through a fairly complicated process.
Producing cashmere is much more than turning a few goats out to pasture and harvesting fiber. It is all about animal care, genetics, micron count, style, length, color, finding a processor that can process it correctly, and hefty processing charges that can ultimately transform it into one of the most coveted materials in the world.
Our herd presently consists of 50 does and 3 bucks. During late Spring, Summer and Fall, they freely graze on natural vegetation throughout our forested property. This helps eliminate most of the noxious weeds and controls brush on the property, letting more sun reach the ground, improving pasture quality and growth.
All of our goat's fiber is tested at Yocum McColl biennually to maintain an objective measurement of micron and curvature, along with other measurements. This helps us keep accurate records of each goat's production and quality of cashmere, as well as maintain a good breeding program. Any goats that do not meet the standard are culled from the herd.
No one appreciates these goats like a producer who finally holds this amazing yarn in their hands - unless it is the spinner, the knitter, the wearer of cashmere. Everyone loves cashmere!
We are happy to buy fleece from producers that perform at least biennial objective histograms on their animals to insure compliance with the cashmere standard. Please contact us if you have histograms on your animals and wish to sell your combed fleece.
Ravenwood Cashmere and Soaps