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6) Linebreeding/Inbreeding without the proper knowledge or plan for success; 7) Collection of semen, artificial insemination, and embryo transfers unchecked and without documentation and oversight.


Improving genetics is a double-edged sword. On the one hand we want to ensure that we are continually striving for the best possible Spanish goat herd, while at the same time keeping our focus on the overall characteristics of adaption, health, mothering, pro- ductivity and genetic diversity that is inherent to the breed.


It is essential that Spanish goats are economically viable to remain in production.


Taking our eye off the whole picture can change the picture before we realize — and maybe too late. Let us not make the same mistakes as those breeds that have come before us. One thing is certain, committed Spanish breeders are proud and love their goats! The vision is a Spanish goat breeder community coming together and working together for the benefit of continuing the treasure of the breed as well as for the benefit of the breeders. For more information visit www.spanishgoats.org.


(Donna Askew raises Spanish goats at Living Oak Farm in Abbeville, S.C., and is the administrator to the Spanish Goat Association, Registry and Gathering. She can be contacted at 828-329-5350 or visit livingoakfarm@gmail.com.)


Gold Certified Breeder Nick Bear of The Bear Family Farms in Texas running a for- age-based Kensing herd.


VERIFIED & CERTIFIED SPANISH GOAT BREEDERS


DNA Registered & SGR Gold Certified Breeder


22 Goat Rancher | September 2020


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