Posted by admin on Nov 16, 2010 in Know your fibre | 2 comments
Three types of goat fleece were identified:
We open the discussion on what type of goats it belongs to (pridonskaya, cashgora, cashmere goat)
It is hard to identify goat fleece types on the base of these photos. My be, picture 2) shows us a a cashgora goat. These fleeces shows typically a glance like silk has. What finally counts are the results of the wool analysis and not how the goat looks like.
Dear friends, let me share with you my version of identifying these 3 pictures from Murgab.
According to these 3 pictures, I can say that picture 1) is cashgora (crossbred)close to local cashmere goat, but with different or mixed content of fibers. Here we can see:undercoat-down(cashmere)likely to angora wool (big fiber curvature);long and coarse guard hair (similar to cashmere goats); a lot dead fiber(kemp)and transitional fibers.
Picture 2)is also cashgora (crossbred) but close to Pridon breed. But we must know, that fleece of Pridon breed is non-uniform, consists of 65-75% of down and small quantity of transitional fiber.Coarse fiber is 25-35 %. And ration of coarse fibre to down is 1:8-16. Other feature the fleece of Pridon goats is overgrowing of down and transitive fiber above coarse fiber. I never seen other breed which has longer down than coarse fiber(if somebody knows, please let me know).
Here in picture 2) we can see long and not enough fine down and maybe there is some transitional fiber.I can’t see coarse fiber here.
Picture 3)is typical local cashmere goat.Usually fleece of local goats is non-uniform by fibres structure. Long and rough coarses with strong shine and short undercoat (down) are clearly defined and some kemp. Coarse fiber grows evenly all year round, reaching 15-17 centimeters. Thickness of coarse fibres is 70-90 microns. The down grows imperceptible in summer and rapidly in the autumn and winter; its length is 4-5 centimeters, thickness 14-16 microns. On the Russian literature data, Kyrgyz and Tajik local cashmere goats have a percentage of down 24-27 %, hair 73-76 % of fiber volume. Yield of cashmere from local goats are 120-150 grams.
From this picture 3)we can easily identify down (here fine and white),coarse long fiber( here grey colour and long)and some kemp (here long and white, without curvature).
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