Bramoth Farm was founded in 1978 with the intent of making a significant contribution toward improving and preserving the American Mammoth Jackstock. At that time quality breeding stock was difficult to find and expensive to purchase if available. In addition our vision of what this stock should be was not totally consistent with most other contemporary breeders. Many of our early purchases were much smaller than what we wanted to produce and after a few short years we felt that to try and breed up the size was not going to be successful.
We then began shifting the breeding program toward selecting breeding stock that had size and we began breeding to improve the quality of these larger animals. By the late 1980’s we were beginning to produce large black and sorrel Jackstock with progressively improving quality. Some were already being produced that were very good by our standards. These animals reflected the large size, large bone and the draft like body of the American Mammoth Jackstock. Like those of other Jackstock producers, they were excellent animals for their designed purpose--producing draft mules for work and show.
Yet, about this time it was evident that in the United States we were seeing a mule revolution. The saddle mule was coming to the forefront of popularity and draft mules, although they will likely always remain in demand, were not in the demand that they had been. The mammoth Jackstock were not bred for, nor were they the choice of, the saddle mule breeder. This group was utilizing more standard donkeys than mammoth Jacks on their mares. In about 1988 we began infusing Mexican Catalonian-type stock into our black herd and selecting some brood jennets of both black and sorrel to produce what we hoped would become acceptable to the discriminating mule breeder.
We foresaw the need and have embarked on a breeding program to produce mammoth Jackstock that maintained the size and refined the bone and body type to produce animals big enough to ride and work. They are athletic enough to perform in all phases of showing and have eye appeal enough for pride of ownership. They can in fact hold their own in performance classes with many of today’s show mules. Conformation continues to become competitive with smaller Jackstock and we believe that disposition and trainability will exceed that of many of the smaller Jacks. These animals are in demand by people that want donkeys to ride and show, not only for breeding.
Although it is a little early in this program to be sure it is believed that breeding stock selected from animals that have demonstrated excellent performance and trainability traits will produce animals with these traits and subsequently pass them along to their offspring whether those offspring be more Jacks and jennets, mules, hinnys or zebra crosses. We have, we think, reached the point that more attention should be paid to the bloodlines of the breeding Jacks. Accurate selected pedigrees will become increasingly important.
Currently the breeding program at Bramoth Farm aims to maintain a strain of the old draft mammoth stock while developing and marketing the highest quality performance donkeys. We find that most of our better performance animals have the old style draft animals as parents or grandparents. We believe that both types are important.
Although they are not as popular in the United States as they were, the draft type mammoth stock are preferred by many of the third world and other foreign markets. However, it must also be kept in mind that many of the animals exported to Central and South America are intended for saddle mule production.
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