Lamancha Goats 

Lamancha Dairy Goats

With our goal of becoming a self sustaining farm, dairy goats were a natural choice.  We chose the Lamancha's because I became familiar with the breed while in college and have always wanted some on the farm.  What we didn't know was how much we would come to love these goats!  They have become much more family members than livestock. 

We acquired our first Lamancha's from Autumn Eidson of Raven's Haven Farm in GA.  Autumn was very patient and informative helping us get started.  The next of our goats we acquired from Kelley Hines of Herebegoats in FL.  Kelley was just as friendly and accomadating as we had found Autumn, and became another fast "goat" friend.   We have added more goats since getting started, but Kelley and Autumn continue to be our "go to" ladies for advice and exceptional stock. 

Not very long after we acquired the goats we had a tragic loss to our family.  Our Drum mare Big Sky Snow met an untimely death due to severe colic, shortly after giving birth to her filly, Imbri.  Now with an orphan to feed, I called upon my goat friends once again for another milker so we would have enough to feed this little one.  Kelley offered to loan me our Half's dam, Herebegoats Classy Miracle.  It wasn't long before she became a member of our family as well.  Ms Miracle has been a wonderful addition, and we are grateful to Kelley for sharing her with us.  It seems our decision to add dairy goats to the farm came at a very opportune time!  Numerous other orphans have also benefitted from the wonderful milk our girls give.  Kittens, puppies, foals, calves, squirrels, raccoon, baby deer and of course goat kids are just a some of the babies we've reared with goats milk.  No milk replacer here!

Below are just a few of the babies raised on our goats milk...



****The wild animals in these images are NOT pets.  They are orphans raised on our milk and then released back into the wild.****

Teddy the llama, resident goat guardian.

History of the Lamancha Breed

LaManchas have, perhaps, the most obscure history of any of the popular breeds.  References were made to short-eared goats as far back as ancient Persia.   The exact background is as yet, however, unknown.

As the Spanish missionaries were colonizing California, they brought with them a short-eared breed of goat suitable for either milk or meat production.  If not true LaMancha's these animals were very close to them.  Referred to as "cuties," "monas," and monkeys."  As each new mission was established, seed stock from the former herd was transplanted to the new location, spreading the population through the West.  This strain is usually thought to be the forerunner of our present LaMancha.

In more recent history, a crate of the short-eared goats was sent to the Paris World's Fair for exhibition (1904).  The inscription was unclear, but the words, "LaMancha, Cordoba, Spain," were easily read.  The name "LaMancha" stuck and became the accepted term for the American version as well.  

Phoebe Wilhelm is reported to be the first to establish a herd comprised of Lamanchas.  She owned approximately 125 in the 1920's.  As few true-type bucks were available, those of the other breeds were used to propagate the race.  Even after years of hybridization, however, the true LaMancha characteristics continue to dominate.

The present American LaMancha was accepted as a breed for registry on January 27, 1958 with the first true LaMancha being Fay's Ernie, L-1.  Approximately 200 animals were accepted as original stock.  Since then, the tiny-eared dairy goats have spread throughout the country and are enjoying a surge in popularity, due largely to their dairy character, adaptability, and, of course, their most well-known feature, or should we say lack of it -- no ears.

(Reprinted from the Dairy Goat Journal, January 1978
from "American LaMancha Club" brochure)

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Belton, SC 29627






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