The Boer Goat

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The Boer Goat

The distinctively marked Boer goat with its chestnut red head and white body is native of Africa. They first arrived in Great Britain in 1987, and there have been several importations since. At present, there is only one imported registered herd in Northern Ireland and, due to the import restrictions; this is unlikely to change in the near future.

They are a meat goat being short legged and stocky and having a quick growth rate. Goat meat is a very healthy low cholesterol lean meat that is becoming more popular as people become more health conscious.

As of 2009, if you want to breed Boer goats the buck needs to be 100% however the doe can be graded up.  You can start by producing offspring which is 50 % Boer (from 100 % buck and other breed doe) and then breeding 50% does with a 100% buck, producing 75 % offspring. This process can be consistently done with the doe kids until the grading is as near 100 % as possible. Presently when a doe reaches 96.87% Boer then it is graded up to 100% Boer. This does help prevent inbreeding with the small gene pool over here but is a slow process. There are some fantastic unregistered animals about also but again these are few. The only fault I have seen over here with some unregistered animals are udder faults.

The British Boer society have an excellent website to read up on the Boer goat and what the breed standard, rules and regulations are.  With any breed research, before taking the next step of buying.

I will post some photos of the boer type does I have which are unregistered.The boers have a nice placid nature, and as with all goats they have great characters.

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