"SwissCashmere" - or more specific - Valais Cashmere or Valcash
WHAT is this?
It could be cashmere (wool) or "pashmina" made in Switzerland - or made in Afghanistan, Tajikistan or India with Swiss financial support and know-how.
WHY do we need this?
A country like Switzerland should be in a position to demonstrate (to less developed mountain countries) how to best use "the mountains" - or the natural alpine resources -, and to assist raising the living standard of alpine farmers and livestock breeders (pastoralists) through know-how transfer. The most suitable basis for any type of know-how transfer is a demonstration of its application, viz. to show that it works. As the color white is dominant and the cashmere bucks are of white color, all Valcash goats are generally white.
Valais cashmere is "harvested" (combed) from Valais Cashmere (Valcash) goats, which are crossedbred from Valais Blackneck goats and Scottish cashmere bucks, originating from a genepool of various cashmere breeds all over the world.
The Valais Blackneck (or "Walliser Schwarzhalsziege") is a robust Swiss goat breed coming most probably from Africa to Southwest Switzerland (Kanton Wallis/Valais) about 1,000 years ago. In Valais, the Valais Blackneck goats are kept for about six months in stables situated in the valleys, and for another six months they are grazing on open pastures, out of which two to three months on high alpine pastures above 2,000m altitude.