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 as described in the breed standard but some 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.
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 is 96.875% or over Boer genes.
- Grade 1 is 93.75% Boer genes.
- Grade 2 is 87.5% Boer genes.
- Grade 3 is 75% Boer genes.
- Grade 4 is 50% Boer genes.
Whilst any purebred or part bred doe is eligible for registration, only males from Grade 0 or purebred Does are eligible to be registered.