Boer goat is a highly meat productive goat breed which originated from South Africa. They are of very big sized goat among the other popular meat goat breeds. They also produce milk highly, but mostly suitable for meat production. Boer goats are generally white colored with red or brown heads. There are also some completely brown or white colored Boer goats. They have a pair of long and pendulous ear. They are very fast growing goat breeds and for this reason they are very suitable and most of the farmers prefer them for commercial goat farming purpose. Boer goats have a very high fertility rates compared to other goat breeds. An adult male Boer goat weights about 110-135 kg and an adult female Boer weights about 90-100 kg. Male Boer goats are used for breeding and meat production and the female are for producing kids. The meat of Boer goat is very tasty and nutritious.
Boer Goat Characteristics
Boer goats have some special characteristics which have made them different from other goat breeds. Physical characteristics of the Boer goat are listed below.
- Boer goats commonly have distinctive brown heads and white bodies. Some goats can also be completely white or brown colored.
- They possess long, pendulous ears like the Nubian goats.
- They are very hardy and can adopt themselves with almost all types of weather and climate.
- They are noted for having high fertility rates and for being fast growing and docile.
- As compared to other goat breeds, Boer does are reported to have superior mothering skills.
- Usually a mature Boer buck weights about 110 to 135 kg and a mature doe weights about 90 to 100 kg.