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I am just curious if there are any LaMancha breeders in my area for future reference. I find it difficult to travel across Texas to look for breeding stock and when the urge hits me, I would liike to know who might be near by. It would be a terrible irony to drive hours on end only to later find out that there are great goats close to home. I am in Lee County which is between Austin and Bryan-College Station. I know of a few breeders, but would like to add more to my list. I am interested in registered goats or grade does that are elgible to be graded up. I am interested in goats with good udders over body type.
 
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I'm a bit North of you in Milam county....you might try Elizabeth Pannell (near S.A., Staples) Her farm is Cinco-De-Mayo. The email address in the '04 ADGA directory is [email protected] phone 512-357-2591 I have a doe from her and she has clean goats.

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I am just curious if there are any LaMancha breeders in my area for future reference. I find it difficult to travel across Texas to look for breeding stock and when the urge hits me, I would liike to know who might be near by. It would be a terrible irony to drive hours on end only to later find out that there are great goats close to home. I am in Lee County which is between Austin and Bryan-College Station. I know of a few breeders, but would like to add more to my list. I am interested in registered goats or grade does that are elgible to be graded up. I am interested in goats with good udders over body type.
 

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Unregistered, I am just south of Milam County in Lee County near Lexington. Thanks for the info.

And Shelby, "step up to Saanens" is a rude thing to say. I admire and have always wanted Saanens, but dislike people who are arrogant...I hope you were kidding. I had been looking for local Saanen breeders for a long time but heard too much negative stuff about Texas heat, sunburn and Saanens. Then I came across lovely LaMachas which surprised me with their great temperment and great milk production/per pound of goat especially. I used breed and show Nubians, then Alpines. Now I'm back in again with LaManchas for milk and some Boers and Nubians for cabrito kids.

I know D'Ann Binder from many years ago from goat shows and just purchased a buckling from one of her lines. (Mycrochip's grandson).
 

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Shelby, forgive my previous post. I was being a grump! But I truly would like any info you could tell me about how Saanens do in the sun and heat around here. I really like the breed.
 

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no need to apologize, we all have bad days, and I'm sorry I made a joke that could be easily misinterpreted.

Saanens having problems in the heat is, in my opinion, a myth. I provide all my goats shade, and I keep a few fans running in the barn, and every goat on the place takes advantage of it. My saanens do just fine, as do my alpines and my boers. Sunburn can be a problem, but only when I clip them for a show. Once the hair has grown out, no issues.

The one thing I will not do, and this is with any dairy goat breed, and that is move a doe that is in milk from a northern climate to Texas. I prefer to bring doelings in, and have them grow up in the climate. The milkers I brought down did not recover their milking capacity, but are wonderful broodstock, so I'm very happy with them. I will move an adult down here between October and April, if she's not fresh. Following these guidelines, I have a very healthy and productive herd of 25+ saanens. Don't rule them out if you like them!
 

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Thanks for the tips. I used to live in Houston and I have lots of family there. It's good to have a another goat connection nearby. I saved your website addy fo future reference. Perhaps we'll run into each other some day!
 
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