This line of Spanish goats is perhaps one of the most rare of all the lines of Spanish goats. We did not realize when we purchased them exactly how rare they were as we were only looking for cashmere producing goats and we failed to do our homework about the Spanish bloodlines.
It’s really a story of serendipity. After finding the Cashmere Goat Association’s website which has a spread sheet listing of breeders. We tried to contact many of them but were not having much luck. We found an address but no phone numbers for the Woods in Ohio, so we wrote a letter and sent it snail mail. Even though the Woods had moved 13 years prior, a worker in the post office knew who they were & that they were still living in the area and he set the letter aside. When one of Ann’s friends was in the post office, he told her he had the letter and asked if she would let Ann know that it was waiting for her. Ann called me and we had a 90+ minute long conversation during which she revealed that they were in the process of dispersing their farm. We were fortunate that Ann & Bob Wood sold us the top producers and purest of their herd.
The unfolding back story is that the Woods unfortunately didn’t keep sales records and they often sold extra goats at the sale barns. The Spanish Goat Association (SGA) was in existence, but for some unknown reason, the owners of the goats the Woods sold never ended up on the breeders lists of SGA. There also was not a Spanish Goat Registry in existence until 2018. All these factors combined nearly decimated the Wood bloodline. We are the only people that have purchased Wood goats that ever ended up on the SGA breeders list for Wood goats and thus are the only recognized source of Wood goats now that Ann & Bob have retired from farming.
Our mission now is to find others to share in expanding the numbers of Wood Spanish Goats. This isn’t a venture for people who want to dabble in Spanish or who have other types of goats. If you’re cross breeding Spanish bloodlines together, or other types of goats with Spanish, please don’t ask to purchase does from us. We do usually have extra bucks to sell. We need to save the few does there are for pure Wood breeders. We have been fortunate that we have been able to find 3 other people willing to take on this project with us as breeders of this endangered bloodline. If you would like to join us in this mission to become a breeder and save the Wood bloodline, we encourage you to contact us.
We are also looking for that special someone who wants to take the reigns from us, purchase our entire herd, and be the primary holder of the Wood Bloodline. As we are aging and getting closer to retirement, we recognize that we need to find someone willing to take our place.