The Boer goat is a breed of goat developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Dutch word "boer", meaning farmer.
The Boer goat was probably bred from the indigenous goats (they originated from South Africa) of the Namaqua Bushmen and the Fooku tribes, with some crossing of Indian and European bloodlines being possible.
The most critical part of any meat goat operation is the selection of a herd sire (breeding buck). A high-quality buck can produce high-quality offspring even when mated with an average doe. Boer goats tend to gain weight at about the same rate as their sire, so a buck from a proven fast-growing bloodline will command the highest price, as its offspring will tend to also be fast growers.
Does used to breed show-quality goats are normally very large, as show goats are expected to be of large stature. For commercial meat production, medium-sized does are normally preferred, as they produce the same number of kids, but require less feed to do so. As a general rule, the more kids born per doe, the greater profit margins for the owner.
|SIZE||BUCKS (Male)||DOES (Female)|
|Body Weight||70 kg||45 kg|
|Body Length||70 cm||50 cm|
- Adaptable to all types of climates from hot tropical to cold climates
- Fast growth and excellent feed conversion ratio
- High twinning percentage
- Produces very good crossbreds with local goats