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Long before the British settledrnAustralia goats were released on the islands off the coast of Australia byrnDutch and Portuguese navigators. These goats come from a great variety ofrnbackgrounds and they acclimatized readily to the Australian environment. 

rnrnIn 1832 William Riley, importedrngoats animals to his property at Raby, New South Wales. Also he delivered arnpaper to the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of New South Wales in anrneffort to encourage the development of a cashmere/angora fleece industry inrnAustralia. In addition more goat where imported from India.

rnrnUnfortunately a gold rush brought the demise of the infantrngoat industry. Prior to the gold rush, flocks of grazing animals, goats, andrnsheep were controlled by shepherds. Most abandoned their animals and went to makerntheir fortune on the gold fields. The landowners then had to make some attemptrnat fencing their runs. Rudimentary fences were erected to control sheep, whichrnon large runs without fences would keep to the open plains. The goats were notrncontrolled by fences and actively sought the rougher country for grazing, thusrnforming the large herds of wild (or bush) goats that became well established inrnmuch of inland Australia.
rnrnOver time this genetically-diverserngroup of goats roamed free in increasingly large numbers. In 1879 herds ofrngoats roaming the streets of Sydney created such a nuisance that the police hadrnto become involved to get rid of them. Also goat racing became very popular atrnthe end of the century, particularly in Queensland. 

rnrnHowever, today that Australianrncashmere goat industry succeeds, with a breed of goats that are hardy and uniquernlike their owners.

rnrnAustralian Cashmere goats today retain the fertility and hardiness ofrntheir bush goat ancestors that once roamed free but they are quite different inrnappearance and temperament. In mid-winter they have an excellent overallrncoverage of long, dense, and very soft cashmere.


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