Everything You Need to Know About the Boer Goat

Posted by Tori Holmes
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Are you curious to know about the Boer goat? This is basically all you need to know. 

The Boer goat originated in South Africa, bred by Dutch farmers in the 1900s. This Dutch influence has stayed with the goat as they started to move out of South Africa, as the name 'boer' actually comes from the Dutch word for farmer. The Boer goat was brought to the United States in 1993, and since then has become one of the most popular goats for meat production.

Their selective breeding over the last century has led to fast growth rates and excellent meat qualities, make them a popular choice for farmers. In addition, Boer goats have high disease resistance and adapt well to nearly every environment.

While the primary purpose of Boer goats is meat production, a growing number of people are keeping them as companion pets or show goats. Known as "gentle giants" due to their large size and laid-back personalities, these docile goats are great with both children and other animals.

If you're looking to purchase a Boer goat, the American Boer Goat Association has a list of registered breeders on their website. Price will vary depending on the breeder, but purebred Boer goats generally range between $150 and $400.

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Body

Boer goats have a stature larger than most goats, with a higher-than-average weight. Does (females) weigh between 190 and 230 pounds whereas bucks (males) weigh between 200 and 340 pounds.

Coat

The hair of the Boer goat is short and glossy, but may develop a thicker winter down if living in colder environments.

The traditional Boer goat coloring consists of a white body with reddish brown heads, with or without a white blaze. Other acceptable colors of Boer goats are all white, all reddish brown, or paint (large spots of different colors on their body).

Head

The Boer goat has a distinctly convex heads and long, floppy ears that lay smoothly against the head without blocking the eyes.

Both does and bucks have horns, which are thick and dark, and curl back as they grow.

Temperament

Boer goats have acquired the nickname of “gentle giant" due to their large size and laid-back attitude. This docile demeanor makes them great show goats as well as companion animals.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Boer Goat