I am looking for something, along with my Nubians, that I could make a profit with and enjoy. Something that would make a big enough profit that I wouldn't have to have a job or atleast a full-time job anyways. I was looking at Alpacas, but....GEEZ! They are soooo EXPENSIVE! Plus.....I don't think Ohio is the best place to raise Alpacas, because they call Ohio Little Peru......that means Ohio has the most Alpaca breeders. So you could find them easily, but I think selling them would be hard.....there are so many Alpacas for sale right now in Ohio.
Anywho(kinda started ramblin' there :roll: ). If I were to raise Angoras and Cashmeres.......I would want them to do well in the show ring, so that the fleece and the breeding stock would sell well.
The average cashmere can produce about four ounces of cashmere a year. How much you get paid for it will depend on if it is raw or processed. For contrast, an angora goat will produce from eleven to seventeen pounds of mohair in a year. Hope that helps, I'm not sure what the market value of mohair and cashmere is right now, but my bets are that the angoras produce so much more than cashmeres that they may be more profitable. Cashmeres, though, are hardier so may cost less in upkeep, especially since I hear that angoras are not as cold tolerant.
Well being a breeder of cashmere goats, I will tell you that you really need to have at least 8-10 Cashmere goats to really start to make a profit.
So far my daughter has made $1938.00 for her goats and the fiber that we have sold, plus the buck services. I am lucky enough to find a spinner in Michigan that buys all my fiber after it is cleaned and dehaired. She spins it with Alpaca.
Right now we have just 15 but at the last show we placed all the goats and most were in the top three. Plus we had the Grand Champion doe and the Reserve Champion Doe. there were a total of 372 Cashmere goat at this show. So it also depends on the quality of your goats.