Current knowledge of the environmental influences on Australian cashmere production and quality
McGregor, B. A. 2008, Current knowledge of the environmental influences on Australian cashmere production and quality, in Proceedings of the 4th International Cashmere Identification Technique Symposium 2008, Inner Mongolia Erdos Cashmere Group, China, pp. 120-130.
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Proceedings of the 4th International Cashmere Identification Technique Symposium 2008
Inner Mongolia Erdos Cashmere Group
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Goat fibre production is affected to a similar extent by genetic and environmental influences. Environmental influences include bio-geophysical factors (photoperiod, climate-herbage system and soil-plant trace nutrient composition), country of origin, nutrition factors (live weight, growth patterns) and management factors (farm, herd age and sex structure). Nutrition and management influences discussed include rate of stocking, energy nutrition, live weight change, parturition and management during shearing. The nutritional variation within and among years is the most important climatic factor influencing cashmere production, fibre diameter and fibre curvature (crimp). With productive cashmere goats, large responses to energy supplementation have been measured with optimum nutritional management. The effects and importance of management and hygiene during fibre harvesting (shearing) in producing quality fibre are emphasised.
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Field of Research
070299 Animal Production not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
830599 Primary Animal Products not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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