Contact us direct at: enquiries@lunanbayfarm.com. Not Scottish goats, but a hardy, mountain-dwelling breed that has adapted to the harsh environments and extreme temperatures of the Gobi Desert. Farming Cashmere goats in Scotland has almost died out so the imported fibre is classed as “Scottish”, as it processed in Scotland. Website by mtc. The Scottish cashmere goat industry derives from importations of kids, semen and embryos from Siberia, New Zealand, Tasmania and Iceland from 1986 to 1988. As an offshoot to our goat meat project, we are developing herds of Scottish Cashmere goats for the production of genuine Scottish Cashmere fibre and to help secure the future of the breed. We are running a small trial this year and should have fibre available in Autumn 2020. To survive, the goats develop wonderfully thick coats made up of a coarse outer guard hair and a fine, soft undercoat . They have a lower carbon footprint than many other livestock, their meat has a higher nutritional value, they eliminate invasive, non-native weeds and they help recycle trace minerals back to the surface soil by selecting deep rooted plants. Many believe it is unethical to source from countries where the goat’s overpopulation is damaging the environment, and from communities who shear their goats’ coats leaving them without insulation over the winter months. Goats are masters of regenerative agriculture as they improve pasture quality, leave the ground in a better condition that they found it and increase biodiversity. Our high welfare goats are reared on acres of undulated, coastal paddocks at Lunan Bay. We cross these environmentally beneficial animals with our premium meat goats, Boers to produce a hardy, well-muscled meat goat that is more suited to our Scottish climate without compromising on meat quality. Goats have a very low impact on the environment, increase biodiversity, and impact on the land. We cross these environmentally beneficial animals with our premium meat goats, Boers to produce a hardy, well-muscled meat goat that is more suited to our Scottish climate without compromising on meat quality. All our cashmere is ethically sourced from the native goat. Website by mtc. Furthermore, the expertly selected genetics of our herd means they are low fat and hardy with high meat-to-bone ratios. As part of our routine animal husbandry practices, we incorporate in house parasite monitoring, rotational grazing, and hoof trimming, in addition running breeding programs onsite. We use only the finest fibre – the white, downy … Goats would naturally spend the summer months rubbing themselves against fences and gorse to remove their unwanted cashmere so we are just giving them a helping hand. Welfare is paramount on our farm. As guardians of the largest remaining farmed herd of Cashmere goats in Scotland, we believe this unique natural fibre is gift from our goats and should be treated with the utmost respect. Terroir refers to the complete set of environmental factors that combine to uniquely affect the characteristics (taste, texture, aroma) of artisanal food. As an offshoot to our goat meat project with Boer and Cashmere crosses, we are developing herds of Scottish Cashmere goats to produce genuine Scottish Cashmere fibre and to help secure the future of the breed. We have teamed up with a small scale processor in Skye and plan to hopefully produce the Scots Cashmere in 20 years, which has been grown and processed in Scotland. Read more about this in a recent article in The Times. Cashmere is the down produced by the skin’s secondary hair follicles, which grows in response to decreasing day-length, thus protecting the goat from the winter cold much more efficiently than do the guard-hairs produced by the primary hair follicles (these coarser hairs make up the visible coat of the animal). Did you know that Scottish cashmere fibre is not grown in Scotland but from goats in China, Mongolia, Iran and Afghanistan? Our focus is to utilise our goats to improve soil health and biodiversity, produce Scottish goat meat of the highest provenance for our restaurant, retail and home customers, and further promote the ethical production of this sustainable meat.