906 Neely Sawyer 2019 Buck/Billy
Heritage herd Sawyer Bloodline Pure Spanish
Discuss the genetic lines and heritage of the Spanish goats.
Meet the National Spanish Goat Association representatives and breeders, in 2022.
COPIED FROM: NATIONAL SPANISH GOAT ASSOCIATION
History of the breed
‘In the 16th century the Spanish came to the Americas, bringing goats.
We can assume that the goats chosen for Spain’s early trips overseas represented the average all-purpose Spanish goat before selective breeding and breed differentiation became popular. We might guess that the Royal Purse would pay for top-quality goats to send on such a voyage, but chances are that no one in Spain had a ‘better quality’ goat to sell. Cattle and sheep gained fairly early popularity with selective breeders in Europe, and would show on livestock census reports, but goats have been overlooked for centuries—a goat was just a goat, and would not have been particularly noticed or documented beyond its immediate use until 300 years later.
Still, we should not be deceived by the simplicity of the goats brought to the Americas. They originated in the days of natural sustainable agriculture, and represented genetic lines that could stand up to the simple care and knowledge of the 1500’s. This guaranteed that only the hardiest goats survived to breed. Spanish goats in the Americas are now some of the few goats that still reflect the ancient, efficient Spanish genes—it has become increasingly difficult to find such goats, even in Spain. But until British voyagers hit America, Spanish goats were the only goats we had.
Let’s focus on the Spanish goats that made their way to what is now the United States.
The Spanish colonized the Americas from both sides. They left a goat trail. Some goats were brought from Spain to the Caribbean, through Florida, and onto Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. In the west, the goat trail runs from Mexico to California and Texas. So we have a mix of origins and possibly a little interbreeding in the middle. Remember that goats never received much documented attention, so the history is hard to verify, but Spanish goats in this country show their DNA to be of Iberian origin.
For the next couple of centuries the goats were used for milk, meat, hair, and hides. The goats survived well with minimal management, and those that became feral survived with no human management at all. They adapted well to their regions, and natural selection was the norm, producing a breed of goat that was an exceptionally well-adapted survivor.
Goats were some of the last animals to captivate the interest of large-scale livestock breeders and commercial markets. Cows and sheep had all of the attention, and next to that were pigs and chickens. The Spanish goats thus escaped the intensive and industrialized livestock management practices that became so popular in the 19th and 20th century. In this country, in the 1840’s, a goat was still just a goat.’
(excerpt from the National Spanish Goat Association website)
High Selling Billy: Broken Diamond Livestock
Thank you Dakota Arthur in Flemington Mo. for having confidince in our Jericho breeding program and purchasing this billy at the Midwest Buck Sale 2021. He was the Peoples Choice Meat Goat Champion of Buck Alley and the high selling billy of the sale.
Shan & Courtney Norman, Montgomery, Alabama
High Selling Nannies: Neely-Sawyer Ranch
J. Preston Neely, Sonora, Texas
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