The effectiveness of hand combing, machine combing and body stocking covers relative to shearing were compared as methods of harvesting cashmere. Cashmere does were shorn on 4 August and combed on 4 August, 29 August and 3 October. Goats were covered and shorn on one side on 4 August and on the other on 3 October. Only 9 of the 40 goats retained their covers until 3 October. Machine combing was the least effective method of harvesting cashmere and produced a half fleece of 18

PJ, L'Huillier, AR Bellamy, and SR Davis

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 51, , 219-224, 1991
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