Frequently Asked Questions
Spanish goats have been in North America since they were introduced from Spain in the 16th Century. Until recent years most of the goats were just left in the pasture to take care of themselves. This allowed the natural selection process to produce hearty, drought and disease resistant, capable of reproducing in the pasture on their own, i.e., with minimal help from their owner. In the last 25 to 50 years the importance of goats has been recognized. Spanish goats can be left pure or cross-bred with other breeds to bring out hybrid vigor.
Generally, we keep our Spanish goats in the breeding herd for 6 or 7 years, but we have some that are 10 years old and going strong. It seems that the primary factor in their longevity is good pasture conditions and clean water.
Some people wait until their does are two years old to breed them; however, we breed them in the first year. They need to be a minimum of 60 lbs to reach sexual maturity.
Our Spanish goats give birth in February/March and the bucks that are selected to be considered breeders enter an 85 to 90-day Performance Test in early June. The test is completed in early September and the bucks are culled a second time. The selected breeders weigh 90 plus pounds. They are ready for breeding.
We can arrange to have the goats delivered to you. Generally dedicated transport will cost about $3.50/mile, and shared transport will be less depending on finding a truck going in your direction.
Spanish goats come in many colors. We do not select on color. Although the color is not a selection criterion for us, some people prefer certain colors, and we can generally provide you with color preference.
We cull inferior kid goats when we round them up in the spring, again before breeding, and we cull grown goats at any time when we think they are inconsistent with our goals. Our selection criteria are: Structural Soundness, Skeletal Correctness, Muscularity and Eye Appeal.
In 1991 when Sarah’s Uncle Wesley died, his nieces and nephews inherited his Spanish goat herd. Since Sarah and I were working overseas at the time, her brother managed the herd until we returned to the States.
We are located at the end of CR403 which is 11 miles south of Sonora Texas off of US 277.
We normally have 300 to 350 Spanish does and an average 175% kid crop. This means we have between 525 and 600 kid goats each year, half buck kids and half doe kids. After culling we have about 200 does and 60-70 bucks for sale as breeding stock.
We concentrate totally on pure 100% Spanish goats. We also raise about 300 head of extra fine wool Ramboiulett sheep.
Fortunately, we do not have coyotes or feral hogs yet, note I said yet, and for now, do not need guard dogs.