FTC Cashmere Goat Breeding Farm & Cashmere Farmer Protection Program
The initial idea of both projects was to improve the living conditions of the poorest family farmers in the Shanxi area. The government of the province supports the projects. The roughly 106,000 square meter FTC Cashmere Goat Breeding Farm houses a maximum of 5,000 goats annually from FTC Cashmere. Each year 2,000 to 3,000 animals leave the breeding farm and are delivered to the goat famers.
FTC Cashmere has an exclusive agreement with the local government and the farmers for the supply of raw cashmere at a fair market price plus markup. This project was started in August 2008, and in this form it is unique worldwide.
Earlier in 2007 the FTC Farmer Protection Program – a major project for the region – was launched together with the local government. This program resulted in a growing number of FTC Cashmere farms. The farmers commit to reporting yearly to FTC Cashmere about the goat population and to register the animals. Under the direction of experienced veterinarians, FTC Cashmere workers brief the farmers on humane and environmentally sustainable goat breeding. Additional farms based on this concept are in planning.