Our Boer goats

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Boer goat is a highly meat productive goat breed which originated from South Africa. They are of very big sized goat among the other popular meat goat breeds. They also produce milk highly, but mostly suitable for meat production. Boer goats are generally white colored with red or brown heads. There are also some completely brown or white colored Boer goats. They have a pair of long and pendulous ear.

The ennobled and improved Boer goat has become a highly sought after breeding animal, and has been exported (usually via frozen embryos), from South Africa to many parts of the world.

Characteristics



Boer goats have some special characteristics which have made them different from other goat breeds. Physical characteristics of the Boer goat are listed below.

-Boer goats commonly have distinctive brown heads and white bodies. Some goats can also be completely white or brown colored.

-They possess long, pendulous ears like the Nubian goats.

-They are very hardy and can adopt themselves with almost all types of weather and climate.

-They are noted for having high fertility rates and for being fast growing and docile.

-As compared to other goat breeds, Boer does are reported to have superior mothering skills.

-Usually a mature Boer buck weights about 110 to 135 kg and a mature doe weights about 90 to 100 kg.


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Feeding

Boer goat generally consumes the same food as other domestic goat breeds do. They usually love to eat leaves of trees, corns, green grasses and some other supplementary feeds. Big sized show goats require huge amount of nutritious food. Farmer generally raise medium sized goat for commercial production. Because they require less food and easy to maintain. Be very careful in feed management for raising Boer goats. Good food always ensures good health. Always provide them sufficient amount of clean and fresh water, as they drinks lot of water daily.

Breeding

Most of the farmers prefer purebred Boer goat for breeding purposes. Crossbreeding of Boer goat with other popular goat breeds is also produce high quality and productive kids. The common and popular crosses of Boer goats are Boer with Spanish goats, Boer with Angora goats, Boer with Kiko goats, Boer with Nubian goats, Boer with Osmanabadi goats, Boer with Jamunapari goats and Boer with Sirohi goats. All of this crossbreeding produces new highly productive goat kids.

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Our Kalahari Red goats

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The Kalahari Red goat is a meat goat breed originating from South Africa. Many high quality meat goat breeds have been developed from South Africa. The Savana and Boer goats are world famous breeds, and the Kalahari Red goat is a new addition to this list. It is a new breed in terms of recognition and the breed is becoming more popular and very important meat goat breed in South Africa, and some other neighboring countries. The name of the Kalahari Red goats is derived from their red coat and the Kalahari Desert, which spans the borders of Botswana, South Africa and Namibia..

The Kalahari Red goat breed has additional advantages to the original Boer goat. They can enhance the hardiness of the animal, the tenderness of the meat and the camouflage and hence the survival of their kids. In South Africa, the Kalahari Reds are considered as an important goat breed and mainly raised for their meat production. Some populations of the Kalahari Red goats are also being developed in Poland.

Characteristics



Kalahari Red goat is a very beautiful animal and has similarities in appearance with the Boer goat. It is a large breed of goat with red colored coat (white or light shades of red are not desirable). In their native pasture, the white or light shades of red do not provide as much camouflage from predators.

The Kalahari Red goats also have strong herding instincts for protection as well. They have long, floppy ears. They have loose skin in their neck area. They have moderately-sized, sloping horns above their ears. Their skin is fully pigmented, which allow them to forage and increase weight gains through the heat of the day. The does have full and properly attached udders and teats. The Kalahari Red goats can be used as a good crossbred for increasing hardiness and carcass size. The bucks are usually larger than the does. Average body weight of the Kalahari Red buck is about 115 kg. And the does on average weight about 75 kg.


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Uses

Kalahari Red goat is a very good meat producing breed of goat. They grow relatively fast and also very suitable for commercial meat goat farming business..

The newborn Kalahari Red goat kids are generally strong and have a strong urge to suck. The kids grow very fast, and the young kids usually show weight gains of about 1.5 kg per week, sometimes even more. However, the Kalahari Red goat is an excellent meat goat breed. They require less care and management, and can give maximum profit when raising goats commercially.

Special Considerations

The Kalahari Red goats are very active and extremely hardy animals. They are ideally suited to the harsh and outstretched conditions of large parts of South Africa. They are very adaptable and bred well in the arid and semi arid areas. They are excellent foragers, and are usually feed on a vast variety of plants, grass and grains. They can go far in search of food and water. The Kalahari Red goats are usually resistant to diseases and parasites, and require less care and management than other goat breeds. It is possible to organically raise the Kalahari Red goat, due to the limited use of vaccines. Organically raised goats will produce lean meat with an excellent taste and texture. The Kalahari Red does have excellent mothering instincts. They look after their kids very carefully, and a doe usually give birth of kids three times every two years.

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