Chinese cashmere exports from Qinghe County, the leading cashmere processing base, have increased by 30 per cent this year, bringing earnings to $100m, the Woolmark Company reported. However a tough year for producers, which included a cull of around 300,000 cashmere goats to "prevent an ecological disaster", means that targets will be tight said a forecast by the Wool & Cashmere Committee of Chinese Animal By-Products Circulation Association.