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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Authors

A T. Kelly

Keywords

Cashmere, Production possibilities, Economic analysis, Western Australia

First Page Number

7

Last Page Number

8

Abstract

Although the cashmere industry has developed rapidly in eastern Australia, development in Western Australia has lagged behind because of local restrictions on the use of feral goats. However, recently the Agricultural Protection Board has eased these restrictions.

In Western Australia there are about 30 to 40 producers with commercial cashmere flocks, involving a total of 7,500 to 10,000 goeats. In most agricultural areas where sheep production occurs, cashmere production is also possible.

In the following article, A. T. Kelly, an adviser with the Marketing and Economics Branch, discusses the economic potential of cashmere production in this State and compares it with Merino wool production.

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