As an expression of gratitude for those Texas ranches, we are launching the 2021 Spanish Goat Roundup in San Angelo, Texas. This event would not be possible without the support of Rocking Chair Ranch. We are overcome with excitement and committed to our vision for the future of the Spanish goat breed. Since 2018 our breeder membership has more than doubled. We

have a DNA Registry that is growing beyond our wildest expectations and Spanish goats have found their rightful place as a meat goat breed. With all this excitement one must be mindful of the fact that there are Spanish goat bloodlines that are not represented at the Gathering.

The Spanish goat breed not only includes the bloodlines that have been selected for meat production, but also those lines that have been selected for land management in specific climate regions resulting in various shapes and sizes of the breed. So, as we celebrate the contributions of the breed to the meat goat industry, the breed also stands as an incredible land management asset that can withstand the same pressures as cattle while saving landowners tens of thousands of dollars in land management costs. Some of these populations are very small and it is not in the best interest to run them through the sale ring as breeders build these populations back up. Therefore, it is the task of the Spanish Goat Association to

ensure that ALL of the treasured genetics of the breed do not get left behind while other lines of the breed excel in the marketplace. Whether you see them in the sale ring or not, we are committed to verifying, tracking and safeguarding the treasured genetic diversity of the Pure Spanish Goat Breed and all of its bloodlines. Please review our bloodline descriptions on our website:

(Donna Askew is an SGR GOLD Certified Spanish Goat

Breeder at Living Oak Farm in Abbeville, S.C., as well as one of the four Executive Board Members of Spanish Goats LLC, the parent for the Spanish Goat Association, Registry, Gathering and Roundup.)

The billies were run through the ring Friday night so potential buyers could get a good look and hear from the consignors.

This lot of high-selling nannies was purchased by Robert Zamorano for $2,600 each. They were consigned by Loyd Martin.

The high-selling billy was consigned by Carl Whitworth and purchased by Cody Riggins for $1,500.

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