LaMancha Dairy Goats
Our herd is comprised of LaMancha dairy goats, known for their mild mannered and sweet temperaments. Their milk is sweet and moderately creamy, making it perfect for drinking, culturing, and cheesemaking. They are also known for their ears - or lack thereof! They do not have upright earflaps like Saanens or Alpines, or droopy ones like Nubians. Their ears are more like humans - just a circle of cartilage. There's an interesting explanation for the distinctive ears that also relates to their hardiness.
The Spanish missionaries that landed on the west coast of the US in the 1500's brought goats with them on their ocean voyages to provide milk and meat. These short-eared goats occasionally showed an "earless" mutation that the missionaries disliked, and so these goats were set loose in the Sierras. Over the next few hundred years, the earless mutation became dominant, and the goats grew hardy adapting to the local climate.
In the early 1900's, other European immigrants brought Swiss and French Alpine goats with them to California that proved to not be very hardy in that climate. Breeders soon noticed the herds of "feral" goats and thought wisely to breed the more fragile European dairy goats with these nativized Spanish goats, and that is how the "American LaMancha" breed began.
LaMancha bloodlines, being relatively recently established, still show a lot of "hybrid vigor". They tolerate the temperature variations of New England very well, and are easy keepers. The many contributing gene pools lead to goats with sweet creamy milk of high production, medium body size, and variable coloration.
Our founding goats were bred by Linda and Paul Garwacki at Bitterblue Farm in Hampden MA. That's where we got our herd queen, whose registered name is Velveteen, but who welovingly call "Little White Goat". Our herdsires are Little Stevie Wonderbuck, bred at Hurricane PM farm in Oregon, and Deuce, bred at Lucky Star in Port Angeles, WA.