Shanxian County, located at Heze city, Shandong province, is a national goat breeding county. In 1986, Shanxian was identified as "goat leather export base" by Shandong province; In 1996, was listed as "National Model straw-breeding goat base"; In 1997, was named as the "the hometown of China green goat" by the Chinese specialty Review Committee. The Green Goat breeding industry in Shanxian, is gradually developing from being breeded by millions of households, into a scaling up and professional breeding mode, from the extensive breed mode, into a scientific management and varieties improving mode, now, the green goat breeding industy becomes a leading industry of rural economy, and an important source of additional income of the farmers.
In Shanxian, the livestock on hand of Green Goat amounted to 2 million, and the supply for annual slaughter is nearly 1 million. Shanxian Green goat products are mainly cashmere, casings, Kid skin, meat and so on. The fur of Green Goat is one of the three famous leather varieties in the world, cashmere and kid skin are the traditional export products of Shanxian. Because of it's well color, smooth leather, beautiful pattern, and the large area, strong flexiblity, good quality, the leather of Shanxian green goat is widely accepted in the international market, and enduring in the foreign trade. Shanxian and the surrounding area is the central producing area of the leather, the annual output is 3 million pieces of green goat leather. and the leather produced here are exported to Southeast Asia, Europe,the United States etc, rearch 1.5 million pieces.