About Boer Goats
Goat were developed in
South Africa as a meat goat. Their name is derived from the Afrikaans word "boer",
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).
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