We believe that
strengthening the Spanish goat in the United States is an important endeavor because of the substantial reduction in their numbers during the last 30 years. Pureblood Spanish goats offer the American meat goat market an important opportunity for cross-breeding to enhance overall production and reduce losses resulting from limited genetic variability within herds. Spanish goats also are an important heritage breed: they were the first goats to be brought to the Americas and played an important role in supporting (and entertaining) many families in rural areas throughout the Americas.
We are dedicated to ensuring that our goats have enough pasture for maximum development and minimal stress. Rotational grazing, limited use of grain supplementation, and participation in an on-farm testing program are some of our standard management practices. We are members of American Livestock Breeders Conservancy, the Spanish Goat Association, and the American Grassfed Association. One of our Spanish bucks, Jack, was selected by the SVF as the first Spanish buck to contribute to their germplasm collection (see www.svffoundation.org/animals/spanish-goats). Ten of our Spanish goats were purchased by North Carolina A&T State University for inclusion in research and training activities within the University's Cooperative Extension Program. .
We maintain a core herd of does from the Valera and Smoke Ridge strains and expose them selectively to Valera bucks and bucks with Smoke Ridge and Weinheimer bloodlines. This approach promotes hybrid vigor and avoids line-breeding. Our overall goal is to develop an increasingly productive and hardy line by breeding for large growth, good mothering, and parasite resistance. Although weight gain and birthing productivity are key factors, we also value the Spanish goat's wonderful diversity in coloration. For example, we have enjoyed watching our kids play together in a whirlwind of colors: deep chocolates, rich caramels, vibrant tri-colors, and champagne buckskins.
Spanish Goats For Sale
All of this year's does and doelings have been sold, but we still have a
few bucklings available. Please contact us for more information.
You can reach us by telephone (304-947-5229) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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