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