Objective : To select and locate top quality breeding stock that is suited to the clients’ needs. To support the client with knowledgeable advice and direction. To oversee the development of the American cashmere industry in order to assure a secure future and profitable ventures.
1989-present Capricorn Cashmere Consults!!, Virginia Dale, CO Owner
2013 – present Supporting Colorado State University in a Department of Defense Project to improve cashmere in the Herat region of Afghanistan.
1989 – Spent four weeks in Australia learning basic fiber identification and herd management from Dr Robert Couchman, Beverley Foard (Kashmir Goat Farm), Jim & Sheba Browne (Karakan Cashmere Stud) and Robin Kissel (Cashco Goats Australia).
1989 – Imported to the USA my foundation herd of cashmere goats from Australia that represented quality Australian goat genetics.
1990-1999 -Participated in cashmere fiber shows and cashmere goat shows throughout the United States, winning several major competitions, sometimes several years in a row.
1992-1996 – Attended Fiber Classing Clinics conducted by Hugh Hopkins, Forte Cashmere Company in 1992, 1993 and 1994; Terry Sim, Cashmere America Co-op, 1992, 1993; and Beverley Foard, Australia Cashmere Goat Association (ACGA) Certified Classer, 1996.
1993 – Successfully completed the only Cashmere Producers of America Cashmere Goat Judging Curriculum presented in San Angelo, TX in 1993 becoming one of 5 certified cashmere goat judges in the United States. Have subsequently judged County 4H Fairs in 1994, 1995, 1996; the Estes Park Wool Festival in 1995 & 1997; the National Fleece Competition in 1994, the Texas Cashmere Association Annual Show in 1994, the NorthWest Cashmere Association Fleece Competition in 2001, the Virginia State Fair in 2003 and the Colorado State Fair in 2005.
1994 – Established, maintained and improved my own herd of cashmere goats at the Oxford Ranch, Laramie, WY that at one time numbered 700 breeding animals.
1994 – Managed the veterinary health program for my own large goat herd. Became conversant and experienced with most of the major health and nutritional needs associated with goat breeding programs.
1995 – Developed and implemented computer based tracking programs to select and improve cashmere goat genetics. This program forms the basis of the current Cashmere Goat Database being implemented by Capricorn Cashmere Consults!!
1999 – Designed a computer-based curriculum and conducted a fiber classing clinic for the Maine contingent of the Eastern Cashmere Association in February, 1999.
1999 – 2000 – Completed a consulting assignment for USAID to design a cashmere goat breed improvement program in Mongolia and a breeding goat program in Jamaica.
1990-2000 Cashmere Producers of America, Virginia Dale, CO President and Director
1994-1997 Cashmere Wyoming Laramie, WY President and Director
1991-1996 Cashmere America Co-op, Kiowa, CO President and Director
1976-1994 Mariah Associates, Inc Laramie, WY Co-Founder, Owner and Biologist
1974-1976 Ecology Consultants, Inc, Ft Collins, CO Librarian, Research Assistant
1970-1974 Colorado State University Ft Collins, CO
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