The fast growing Boer goat has been specially bred for healthy, low cholesterol, lean meat production. It is a short legged, stocky animal with a mainly chestnut / chocolate coloured head and neck, and an all white, short-coated body.
The Boer is naturally horned but many breeders prefer to disbud kids within the first week. As the breed has a very docile temperament, disbudding is very much an optional exercise.
Mature does weigh 80 –100Kg whilst adult bucks can tip the scales at well over 100Kg.
Commercial use of Boers
Average body weights of pure bred and dairy crosses
Boer bucks are being used in Britain as terminal sires on dairy breeds to produce high quality meat kids.
As numbers increase more pure bred herds are arising and these are being developed specifically for meat production. Kid meat sales from both pure and cross bred Boers are now beginning to show encouraging growth at profitable prices. They are forecast to increase even further as health conscious consumers turn to quality meats, produced in welfare friendly conditions.
The export of high health status pedigree Boers from Britain is also becoming a lucrative market for some breeders.
British Boer Goat Society Grading System
The percentage of an animal is calculated by adding together the percentage of both its parents and then dividing by two.
Grade 0 (Pure) applies to goats of over 93.76% Boer genes.
Females of 96.87% and above can be upgraded to 100%.
Grade 1 applies to goats over 87.5%
Grade 2 applies to goats over 75%
Grade 3 applies to goats over 50%
Grade 4 applies to goats up to, and including, 50%
Whilst any part bred doe is eligible for registration, there is a trend towards registering only the higher standard animals.
Only 100% males may be registered.
NOTE: Some registered males of lower percentage may still be available, however you cannot register male kids from these animals.