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Our Weinheimer Spanish Brood Does

Below the pictures is a little history of the Weinheimer Spanish Goats

 Weinheimer Spanish Doe:  Nina

 Look at her width, level topline, depth of body and the lovely horn set of this 4 year old doe!

  Weinheimer Spanish Doe: Pinta --  4 year old doe

 Weinheimer Spanish Doe: Santa Maria  4 year old doe

 Weinheimer Spanish Doe:  Santa Anna  This is a yearling doe

 Paint Weinheimer Spanish doe: Arizona born June 2016

 7 month old Red Weinheimer Spanish Buck sire of Spanish kids due Dec 2016

I don't own the buck kid below (wish I did) but I wanted you to see what a really nice 6 months old Weinheimer Spanish buck kid looks like 

The Spanish Goat Association began with a request from Justin Pitts in Mississippi who rightly saw that fullblood-purebred Spanish goats were becoming rare, if not extinct, due to the influx of the Boer goat. The Livestock Conservancy (formerly the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy) agreed and with assistance of Leslie Edmundson  they created  the Spanish Goat Association. Leslie essentially started a website to make all Spanish goat breeders accessible to the public.

The Spanish Goat Association is an informal consortium of Spanish goat breeders whose goats have purebred Spanish origins from 500-year-old Spanish stock.  When the Spanish colonized the Americas, they brought goats from Spain to the areas in which they settled-- Caribbean, Florida, Mexico, Texas and California. These Spanish goats were an integral part of everyday existence for both consumption and milk.  The Spanish  never receive the notoriety as the Boer goat and as such historical documentation is hard to come by, however, the Spanish goats in this country show their DNA to be of Iberian origin.

The Spanish Goat Association is still putting together a list of bloodlines. They have found many of the "old herds," but are still looking for Spanish goats breeder. It is hoped as more people become aware of the association pockets of Spanish goats can still be identified. The bloodlines they have found and the histories of the breeders can be found on the Spanish Goat website. The historical information is from the breeders themselves and some have been breeding Spanish goats for almost 60 years. The Spanish Goat Association named the bloodlines after the breeders.   The Spanish Goat Association stated  "Many longtime breeders have asked, "Fullblood Spanish? Is there really such a thing?" We think that if not, we can come as close as possible to finding the oldest bloodlines available—bloodlines that seem to have no history of crossbreeding with imports as far as we know."

 For more information on the Spanish Goat Association please check out their web site http://www.spanishgoats.org/index.htm

Below is an excerpt from the Spanish Goat Association web site regarding the Weinheimer Spanish Goats. 

The Weinheimer Ranch (2200 acres) was founded in 1878. Roy Weinheimer, like many Texans of his time, raised Angora goats for mohair, and kept his Spanish goats for feeding the family. He brought Spanish goats onto the family-run Weinheimer Ranch in the 1950's, and was a very progressive Spanish goat breeder for that time—he started selectively breeding them right away. Weinheimer would add a buck here and there if he found a better one.

The herd was closed completely from the 1980's to 2004. In 2004, the Weinheimers added some Kensing bloodline as an outcross. However, the original gene pool was not swamped by this, and the Weinheimer bloodline retains some unique Spanish genes.  Among the herd may be found a dozen or so 'blue' goats. For those of you who have never seen one, they are indeed blue. More blue than grey.  The Weinheimer goats tend to have horns that show less of a twist than most Spanish. Horns are part of their breeding selection criteria, and the Weinheimers prefer horns that are broad-based at the base and have less twist, sweeping back and flaring broadly. They find that such horns correlate with depth and volume of body.

The bucks grow to be 230-250 lbs if their diets meet their nutritional requirements, but average under 200 lbs. in working conditions. At the Ranch, goats are raised on natural Texas forage. They occasionally receive supplemental feeding to ease handling, and this has helped to keep the goats very gentle. Weinheimer deworms twice per year: right before the breeding season and when the kids are weaned.  Weinheimer keeps about 10–33% of his bucks as breeders, and keeps however many does he needs to keep the herd numbers up, and sells the rest for meat.  Weinheimer goats are primarily selected for conformation, volume, and maternal traits, such as reproductive abilities and well-attached, small udders with small teats. Weinheimer goats are very hardy, forage well, are parasite-resistant, and are excellent mothers. They have no hoof problems, and require little maintenance in their environment.

 

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