Great progress has been made on efforts to establish a formal organization for Arapawa goat breeders in the US. Long time registrar for US Arapawas, Al Caldwell of Long Path Farm Rehoboth, MA was the driving force behind the effort.
In addition to our efforts to conserve the critically rare Arapawa goats, SVF Foundation in Newport, RI in collaboration with Tufts Veterinary School preserves germplasm (semen and embryos) of endangered breeds of cattle, sheep, and goats. They have completed their collection from Myotonic and San Clemente goat breeds and are now working on the Arapawas.
After many failed attempts to introduce additional breeding lines beyond the 6 founder Arapawas imported in 1994, we have a fine set of twins sired with semen from New Zealand. Yellow Tag in David Hugh’s herd is the source. Al Caldwell and John Truelson performed the artificial insemination. The efforts to import semen were motivated by a general concern for the effects of inbreeding and the desire to have the US herd be as representative of the feral herd as possible. The bucks chosen were either from the Arapawa Island herd or first generation removed. AC Dolly is the proud dam.