My dream has come true after 9 years! I have my own cashmere dehairing machine!!! Now I can process mine and other people's cashmere into cloud ready to spin, or process further at another mill. This has been a dream of mine ever since I got into raising these wonderful creatures.
Since there aren't many of these machines in use in this country, and I am the only one concentrating exclusively on cashmere, that I know of anyway, I expect to be happily buried in cashmere for the rest of my life.
I am getting everything all set up and organized gradually. The machine came a month early, so I don't have a building built for it, it is in the corner of the hayshed now. I was trying to get a little loan to build a real dehairing room for it, but no one will loan me any money without collateral, so I am going to have to build walls around the machine where it sits now, dehair like crazy all winter, and get something built next year. Not the ideal situation, but I can make it work. I am feeding mostly round bales of hay this year, so I don't need every inch of space in the shed, I think this will be okay for this winter. As long as I am warm and dry while working on the cashmere, that is all that matters. It will be tight quarters, but it will work. I am just so excited to have the machine here!
Now that I am dehairing cashmere full-time, I won't be doing the Farmers' Market anymore. I'll kind of miss the interaction with people. I've met a lot of nice, interesting people through there. But, one door closes, another one opens. Onward and upward I go! :-)