Boer Goat Characteristics
The Boer goat has a fast growth rate with 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.
The Standard Boer goats have white bodies and distinctive brown heads. Like the Nubian goat, they possess long, pendulous ears.
They are noted for being docile, fast-growing, and having high fertility rates. Does are reported to have superior mothering skills compared to other goats.
Mature Boer bucks weigh between 100-135 kg and mature does between 75-100 kg.
The breed standards of the various Boer Goat associations have guided the Boer goat to today’s improved breed, with emphasis on:
good overall conformation
hair covering being short and white with darkly pigmented skin, red markings on the head
high fertility and birth rate.
It is recommended to use a Fullblood or Purebred Boer buck as a sire in a commercial herd. Both of these will improve the meat capabilities of any offspring; they grow bigger and will in most cases bring better prices.
Does will normally deliver twins and triplets, singles and sometimes quads.
Breeding time will vary. Boers can be bred all year round, depending on your region. Most studs will kid once a year, and commercial breeders 3 times in 2 years. Gestation time is 5 months from joining.