|BOER GOAT INFORMATION|
The Boer goat was
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 of the Namaqua Bushmen and the Bantu tribes,
with some crossing of Indian and European bloodlines being
possible. They were selected for meat rather than milk
production; due to selective breeding and improvement, the Boer
goat has a fast growth rate and 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.
Boer goats commonly have white bodies and distinctive red heads. Like the Nubian goat, they possess long, pendulous ears. They are noted for being docile, fast growth, and having high fertility rates. Does are reported to have superior mothering skills as compared to other goats. Mature Boer bucks weigh between 110-135 kg (240-300 lb), and mature does between 90-100 kg(200-220 lb).
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