This is a special blog sharing information on a last minute and very urgent san clemente island goat transport. Myself and a group of san clemente island goat breeders are helping a fellow breeder in MN as he has fallen upon hard times. He currently owns a herd of 150 SCI goats and 30 British Soay sheep, the sheep are also critically endangered. With a recent SCI goat census letting us know there are about 1000 SCI goats currently in the US and Canada, this breeder owns about 15% of the population. He also has some rare lines and genetics that truly need to be saved.
A friend is coming with me this weekend to the breeders farm. There we will the health check of the goats, treat each goat accordingly and tag all the animals to prepare them for transport. It will be a LOOOOONG Saturday, but this is the first step to get the animals ready to go to Virginia.
Another breeder has donated a farm space and shelter for this group. She is also organizing a group of volunteers and veterinarians to help out during the 30 day quarantine period. After animals are deemed healthy they will be re-homed for a small donation.
There are a lot of moving part in all of this, and a lot of unknowns. We need to find transport for the goats for a reasonable fee. Before they are moved I'm putting in their scrapie tags, but we also need to have a veterinarian come out and give a certificate of health to legally transport the group. Though we are looking into options to work with the USDA veterinarian to see if we can get a special pass on this group of animals.
After the animals are at their new location, there will be the cost of hay, feed , minerals and other medical costs and bills.
The cost of this will add up quickly, and we are looking at spending over $20,000 to pay for all of this. Never mind all of the volunteer work put into this.
While there isn't quiet an official breed association made, it's really close to being finalized. working with a core group of other breeders to make this happen is our first real project with this breed association. And it's a HUGE project , but we are all handling it well with our passion for this breed driving us.
Here is a link to the gofundme page for this project. Any monetary or donation help would be incredible. Other people in this group are creating a website that will have a list of items you can donate and where to send them, including gift cards for that regions farm and feed stores.
I'll keep folks posted on my business f.b page with updates. And thank you so much to all of you that have helped out already, we appreciate it! And if you can, please share the gofundme link as much as you can. It seems like there are a lot of causes out there, and a lot of farmers have been and are falling upon hard times. It's so great we can help each other out through thick and thin!
Thank you for the support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.