Inner Mongolia claim success in cloning goat for superfine cashmere wool production

Goats farmed in Inner Mongolia for cashmere production.

Goats farmed in Inner Mongolia for cashmere production.

HOHHOT, Dec.19 — Inner Mongolia said it has attained success in cloning goat for superfine cashmere wool production.

The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China claims to have produced the first cloned goat that could produce superfine cashmere wool. This was announced by the city government of Bayannur on Sunday.

The goat was born and will be raised in a base for animal husbandry research conducted by experts from agricultural universities and academies in Inner Mongolia and southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

The cashmere fiber from the goat is less than 13.8 micrometers thick, much finer than the average of 15.8 micrometers grown by the famous Erlang Mountain goats in Inner Mongolia.

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Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region or Nei Mongol Autonomous Region contains most of China’s northern border with Mongolia. The rest of the China-Mongolia border is taken up by the Xinjiang autonomous region and Gansu province and a small section of the border with Russia.

Its capital is Hohhot, and other major cities include Baotou, Chifeng, and Ordos.

Inner Mongolia has a land area of 1,183,000 square kilometers or 457,000 sq. mi. It has a population of 24,706,321 (official census for 2010) and 25,050,00 estimate by end of December 2014.

Then check out this video and learn the environmental impact of mass raising goats in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia and the challenges the farmers are facing now.

H/T: Sources – Youtube, Xinhua, Wikipedia, Google maps.

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