About Boer Goats
Boer Goat were developed in South
Africa as a meat goat. Their name is derived from the Afrikaansword "boer", meaning farmer.
They were probably bred from
the indigenous goats of the Namaqua Bushmen and the Fookutribes, and perhaps some Indian and
European bloodlines. They were selected formeat
production; due to selective breeding, the Boer goat evolved into has a fast-growing
goat with excellent carcass qualities, making it one of the most popular breeds
of meat goat in the world.
Boer goats have a high
resistance to disease and adapt well to hot, dry semi deserts. In the United
States they are mainly found in west-central Texas. The original US breeding
stock came from herds located in New Zealand. Only later were they imported
directly from South Africa.
Boer goats commonly have white
bodies and brown heads. Some Boer goats can be completely brown or white. Like Nubian
goats, they have long, pendulous ears. They are noted for being docile,
fast-growing, and having high fertility rates. Does are reported to have
superior mothering skills as compared to other goats. Mature Boer bucks weigh
110–135 kg (240-300 lb), and mature does weigh 90–100 kg (200-220 lb).