Hi, I'm new here, although a few years back I used to write in. However, we moved and had to sell our animals and now we are starting over. I am interested in getting a cashmere goat, as well as a boar/alpine cross. First of all, can you tell me if the boar/alpine would be a good milker. I thought this would be a good way to go so that any bucks born could be raised up for meat, but that we would also enjoy the milk because of the alpine. I have heard that a boar/nubian and boar/saanen would be a good cross. I have had plenty of experience with dairy goats, but no meat cross goats or fiber goats. The reason I want the cashmere is that I am a spinner. My questions regarding a cashmere are can they be milked....is it worth it? Also, can I disbud one with the elastrator method (I am looking at a two month old doe at the moment). I have heard that the cashmere's should not be disbudded, but those horns would pose a problem in my barn. I have always had goats with horns, but my barn is smaller than what I was used to by a long shot, and I don't want any injuries, although taking off their horns also takes away any defense they might have against coyotes. I don't know if that will be a problem or not yet. I sure hope not! Any information would be most helpful. Thank you.