It is difficult to compare the performance of a goat from one herd with one from another herd without help from fleece testing and modern genetics.
Since 1982, we've planned to fleece test every goat for every shearing for micron yield and down weight. Occasionally we have a miss on a goat here or there but, we're confident that our fleece and breeding records are the most meticulously maintained in Australia.
Bathampton Cashmeres has been involved, along with other cashmere growers, in a range of genetic improvement projects. Important among them were the Sire Referencing Schemes run by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and the one run by the University of Western Australia. The ACGA Merrrit program is then used to integrate all that data into one easily understood measure.
The following graph shows a comparison of Bathampton-bred bucks born since the year 2000 with progeny in the sire referencing project. Each blue dot represents the Merrrit - estimated breeding value of a single buck used in a Sire Referencing Project. Only the Bathampton bucks are labelled here with their identity. The full data set can be checked over at the ACGA Merrrit website.