Boer Goats

Boer at the Agricultural Science Unit

Capra aegagrus hircus

Boers are docile by nature, despite their size and graze well. Boer goats are the largest of the goat breeds

 Its main purpose is to provide meat, unlike many other breeds that give milk. It grows quickly and is often used for land management because its grazing can prevent bush encroachment, which can degrade rangeland for other livestock.

Although there are no rigid requirements for color, the traditional Boer is white with a brown head, but there are some that are black and white or mostly brown.

History of the Boer Goat

The Boer goat is a South African goat that got its start in the early 1900s.In the early 1900s South African farmers began intentionally selecting traits favoring a fast-growing, adaptable, prolific meat goat. Boer Goats were first introduced into Britain in 1987 following several importations from Europe, the British Boer Goat Society was formed soon after.

Since 1970 the Boer goat has been incorporated into the National Mutton Sheep and Goat Performance

The Boer Goat originated in South Africa in the early 1900’s where it was developed and bred by selection and sound breeding practises from native African goats.

Want to find more out about the breed click the link to visit the Boer

Goat Society: 

Fact Check

Common Name : Boer Goat

Scientific Name : Capra aegagrus hircus

Type : Mammal

Diet : Herbivore

Group Name : Herd

Average Life Span in Captivity : 12 - 20  years

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Size: Medium to large Goat

Weight : 90-135Kg

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The word Boer in Dutch means farm so the Boer Goat was originally known as the “farmers goat”