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Rare and Wonderful Cashmere Goats

So many babies! We currently have a passel of very nice cashmere goats available for sale -- 14 kids and 8 yearlings who produce excellent fiber. The male kids just got neutered and all are almost of weaning age.

We also have have an outstanding young white buck who is the "spare" of "heir and a spare."

The goats are mostly badger and white colored, both of which produce cream-colored cashmere fiber. Two are black, including a kid doeling with bright blue eyes! Prices range from $350 to $500.

Background and Characteristics

American Cashmere Goats:

  • Are smart, gentle, and personable.
  • Produce soft, luxurious cashmere fiber.
  • Love to eat wild rose, poison ivy, bramble, honeysuckle, and other weeds.
Many people are surprised to learn that all cashmere comes from goats. This incredibly soft and fine fiber is the goats' undercoat. Until recently, most cashmere came from goats living in the cold regions of Central Asia.


In the 1970s, a program began to develop goats that would produce cashmere in our climate. Hardy feral goats from Australia were crossed with gentle Spanish meat goats living in the American southwest. Years of selective breeding resulted in American Cashmere Goats, a uniquely sturdy, friendly, and productive line that is rare and hard to find in the U.S.

Cashmere Fiber

Cashmere goats start growing a new undercoat of cashmere fiber each summer, and by winter they look like four-legged puffballs. The cashmere fiber starts to loosen and shed in early spring when we comb it out.

Our goats are silver (white), badger (like an antelope), and black, and their cashmere fiber is cream, light brown, and chocolate brown.


Cashmere Goats are remarkably intelligent, friendly, and easy going. They get along well with other animals, children, and each other and never "butt" people with their beautiful horns. The kids -- born as singles, twins, or occasionally triplets -- are unbelievably cute, affectionate, and playful. Their normal lifespan is about 15 years.


Although Cashmere Goats prefer to eat weeds and brush, they also like pasture plants and hay. In the field, they tend to eat different plants than horses or cattle and really help keep the weeds down. They truly are "Weed Whackers With Personality."

Goats are ruminants that digest their food in stages and don't eat much for their size. Their droppings have little to no smell and make excellent fertilizer.

Grain-based goat feed is only needed when females are pregnant or nursing and when the kids are young.

Additional Information

You can learn more about Cashmere Goats by doing an internet search or visiting www.cashmeregoatassociation.org.


Harley Farm

Summer 2023

We are very much enjoying perfect weather and a "cavortium" of cashmere goat kids who bounce around with great enthusiasm. See the goat tab for more information.

We also have three very nice Crabbet bred sport horses -- two mares and one gelding -- who are well trained and ready to go. Please feel free to call Elaine at 240-367-4932 for more information as we are behind on posting videos and such.

Farm Overview

Harley Farm is a lovely 42-acre family farm tucked into the rolling hills of Middletown Valley. Located just west of Frederick, Maryland, we offer:

  • Pasture-based horse boarding in spacious fields with good shelter. A visitor looking across our pastures once called it "Horse Heaven." Amenities include a covered and lit training ring and miles of trail riding all around.

  • Exceptionally gentle, intelligent, and versatile Crabbet Arabian* horses for sale.
  • Rare and hardy Cashmere Goats and cashmere yarn for sale. Friendly and intelligent, the goats do a great job of clearing weeds and brush from our fields while growing the softest fiber imaginable.

*Most of the horses for sale at Harley Farm are purebred Arabians with high-percentage Crabbet bloodlines. Although they have many great ancestors, most of our horses breeding is influenced by Azraff, Ferzon, and Count Dorsaz. To learn more about this unque line of horse, Google "Crabbet Arabian horses" or visit www.ecahs.org.

Boarding Rates

Pasture boarding with good shelter is $275 per month. The cost for additional horses is $250 per month (See Boarding Services tab).

Horse Testimonials

From Laura

Hi Elaine !

Just a few pics of Bailey, he is doing very well with everything ! Trainer loves him, sees a lot of potential for the girls. He adores kids, he changes completely from, "oh no I'm gonna be ridden" to "my little friends are here". So funny !!! We are in the process of looking for acreage & have a few potential 10 acre plots we are considering. When it comes to fruition we would like to purchase another Crabbet...but not for a while - maybe 18 months down the road so keep that mind. I have a question about the winter months, everyone is suggesting that I sheet him ? What is your opinion ? I like him fuzzy... Lol...

Thanks again, for your time and lovely horses... Laura

From Anita

Hi Elaine,
A quick note to update you on Indie: he's doing so well! True is absolutely in love with him :) He has settled in beautifully and is such a pleasure to have around. He has such a friendly and loving personality!

True is having a blast with him. Thank you again!!!

From Dr. Ariane:

Keep your fingers crossed. I have someone looking at Marvel Wed. I really want to replace him with another one of yours! I love this pix of Bastian and I! I brought him to a Dressage clinic last summer J with a German instructor. He was loved.

I will keep you posted! Of course share the picture and our names! I am definitely good advertisement! Anyone can contact me that would like as well for reference and for me to share my enthusiasm!!

From Fiona:

Dear Elaine,

I thought that you might like to see some pictures of April.

She has had a very busy winter, fitting into her new barn and learning all kinds of new things.
I absolutely love her and she is becoming a barn favorite as well :)

All the best.
From Barbara:


Just to fill you in on what Picasso has been doing for the past few months. I now have a horse that I can take anywhere and have fun.

Last Saturday Michelle showed Picasso at Morven Park and they were VADA/Nova Reserve Champion at Training Level. He has had limited showing and at his previous show at Compass Rose he finished first in one of his classes at Training Level and Michelle and he were the judges choice for best costume.

Picasso and I competed in the Battlefield Equestrian Society's judged pleasure ride at the end of September and we came home with two ribbons!! At the end of October we went on the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department Ride where there were over 300 riders and horses. There are marked trails of 9-18 miles and you go at your own speed. I rode him two days and he was great.


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