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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.10
April 19, 2008

The Latest Goat News

WELCOME TO THE APRIL NEWSLETTER No. 1

Sorry that no newsletter has come out, its been a busy month on the farm and a vacation as well

The Three Goats Coffeehouse

The Three Goats, is a new coffeehouse in Mooresville. Owners say that the name comes from an Ethiopian legend about a goat herder that let his goats roam in a field where they discovered “berries,” which were actually coffee beans that caused them to dance. The herder saw this and tried the berries, as did nearby monks, who were able to stay up and pray because they figured out how to brew these “berries,” making the first cup of coffee. Gee and we goat herders didn’t already know about that, Starbucks is maybe Starbucks for a reason!

More on the Pashmina Goats

As reported earlier Kashmir’s hand-woven Pashmina shawls, made from the warmest and the softest wool in the world, is set to become even rarer following the mass deaths of Ladakh’s Changthangi goats caused by the recent heavy snowfalls and damage of pastures as a result of the invasion of locusts. At least 15,000 to 20,000 new-born goats are estimated to have perished in the catastrophe that fell on Changthang in December-January, the abode of tribesmen who rear Changthangi goats. This was time when the pregnant does usually deliver their kids, most which have died and this likely to have a devastating and long-term impact on the production of Pashmina in India. The Changthang plateau, spreads across Ladakh and Tibet at an altitude of 5,000 metres, is home to the bulk of the world’s Pashmina production. Chinese Pashmina is woven into fabric with the help of powerlooms and has captured over 70 per cent of the world’s 20,000 tonnes trade, however the hand-woven Kashmiri Pashmina still remains a popular brand in the international fashion market. The animals had died due to acute scarcity of fodder and the authorities’ “inability” to provide food supplies after snowfall blocked the access roads. This has left the herd population of surviving Pashmina goats with a skewed sex ratio with more males than females. According to reports, the unchecked invasion of locusts from Tibet for the past three years have also damaged the pastures where the Pashmina goats are reared. The locals, mostly practising Buddhists, had refused to spray insecticides for one year to check the locusts. India, Nepal and China have been traditionally producing Pashmina. However, with China opting for the scientific raring of Capra Hreus, the Pashmina goat at the state-run large farms in Changthang across the Indian part, countries like New Zealand and Australia have also flooded the fashion markets with Pashmina shawls, scarves and stoles

Second Chance

The Arapawa goats in NZ have been given a second chance. Goat lovers have been given more time to save the goats living on Arapawa Island Scenic Reserve. The Department of Conservation Sounds said goat advocates would be given until September 1 to take goats away. They state that policy is not to exterminate all Arapawa goats on the island but to control them to low levels on the reserve.

Japanese Goat Problems

Goats overgrazing on grasses and other plants are being blamed for landslides and other environmental destruction that could push indigenous plants and animals to extinction on Uotsurishima island of the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. The overpopulation of goats, which eat plants root and all (really that’s rather strange assumption, certainly not wtrue with most goats), is thought responsible for the landslides and the damaged environment on the island, which is also claimed by China and Taiwan. The uninhabited island is about four square kilometres and home to 15 native plants and animals, such as the Senkaku mole and the Senkaku-kanaoi, a kind of wild ginger, both of which are on the Japan’s environment ministry’s list of endangered species. There also are about 20 species of rare animals. The goat population has exploded since a Japanese political group released a pair on Uotsurishima in 1978. According to a 1991 report, about 300 goats were confirmed along slopes on the south side of the island, but the number has now grown to over 1,000.

Goats Again Being Maligned

Hungry goats can prevent brush fires, but they're also terrible at making room for deer and other wild animals according to one outspoken Benicia resident, claiming that goats are very invasive and that deer and smaller animals have vanished since the goats arrived, saying they are pretty brutal to the terrain. Goats are part of the team, counters Benicia Fire Department Deputy Chief, and that goats could be helping the city avoid costly and deadly brush fires. Goats are a new strategy and an Orinda company, Goats R Us, asked if they could use Benicia's open spaces to winter its flock.

AUSTRALIA GOAT OVER THE HOOKS REPORT

Rates are generally unchanged. Some rates lifted and there is increased interest in heavier weight goats, indicating some export inquiries. . The eastern states goat kill, week ending April 11th totalled 9,752 head

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