Goats have been present in South Australia since colonisation used initially for milk and some meat. However it was not until the late 1970’s that any real interest, beyond hobbies, was shown in utilising the fibre.
During the 1980’s China commenced processing more cashmere fibre and traditional supplier’s production was static. The Department of Agriculture put some resources into the potential to expand production in South Australia as there was an interest developing by graziers. The attached paper examined the possibility and implications of expanded production.