buyer beware.

As with all livestock production, there is a learning curve — buyer expectations may need adjustment, and finally, pasture raised animals need time to adapt and acquire immu- nity for offspring. New Spanish goat pro- ducers that pass the five-year mark will sing their praises, argue to keep them purebred, and tell you they will be sticking with the breed to meet their goals. We are thankful for all our breeder support, but especially to the large range producers that keep thousands of Spanish goats in herd range production and have been for decades!! For more information visit

(Donna Askew raises Spanish goats at Living Oak Farm in Abbeville, S.C., and is the administrator to the Spanish Goat As- sociation, Registry and Gathering. She can be contacted at 828-329-5350 or visit livin-

Annual Spanish Goat Gathering offers education and seedstock

By Donna Askew

The Spanish Goat Gathering was created as a sort of peace offering party for the Spanish goatbreeders. When the Spanish Goat Registry (requiring DNA) was created there were several breeders that did not want the registry and believed it would destroy the breed.

However, the times were changing, and the registry was inevitable. The only question was how would the data be col- lected and verified, but most importantly, who would administer the data — Spanish breeders or an independent, for-profit reg- istry?

The plan for the Gathering was to offer a forum to discuss the registry and bring those breeders that wanted the registry to- gether with those breeders that did not, and hopefully find some common ground and trust to move forward with the DNA Spa- nish Goat Registry.

At the same time, there was a growing need to educate the general livestock com-

munity the facts about Spanish goats. Mis- conceptions and misinformation abound that was allowing commercial producers all sorts of shenanigans when it came to all things Spanish. Most importantly, it was clear that available and accessible Spanish goat seed- stock had yet to meet the demand. A few breeders suggested we have a live auction at the Gathering as well. This seemed like a huge undertaking and we only

Gold Certified Breeder Amanda Lacy of West Ridge Farm in Vir- ginia running a forage-based Baylis herd.

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