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Boer goats were developed in the early 1900's by the Dutch farmers of South Africa.  Meat production was the driving force behind the development of the breed.  Secondary in the selection process were traits that aided in the adaptability of the breed to the environment such as dark pigmentation, long ears, red heads.  Over the years, the Boer goats developed into a superior meat producer with rapid growth and excellent carcass qualities.

Fullblood Boers were originally white with red heads (of varying shades).  Small amounts of red on the body was allowed in South Africa.  Fullbloods are now seen in the United States in red, black and spotted.  Boers are generally docile, easily handled and easily maintained.  Highly fertile, the does will frequently breed "out of season", unlike some breeds which will only breed in the fall.  These goats can be quite large with the does reaching 200 pounds or more, and the bucks reaching 300 pounds or more.

Boer goats were brought to the United States in 1993 and since their appearance the goat industry has exploded.  Meat goats are the fastest growing agricultural endeavor in the nation and in many states as well, including Missouri.  Goats improve the utilization of pasture over use by only one species such as cattle.  Expenses such as brush-hogging, spraying herbicides or cleaning fencerows are eliminated or greatly reduced as goats will eat many weeds and nearly all brush including cedar.

Demand for goat meat in the United States increases every year.  Not only is goat a preferred meat among many immigrant groups, goat is beginning to make in-roads with North Americans as well.  Goat is a high quality, lean red meat which is lower in cholesterol than chicken.  Heart doctors are beginning to be cognizant of the health benefits of goat and are recommending to their patients.

Braefiddich began breeding goats in 1986 with Angoras and added dairy goats soon after.  When Boers became more easily available later in the 90's, together with Turtle Rock Ranch, we began breeding the does to a fullblood buck.  Needless to say, the offspring impressed us and we began phasing out the Angora flock.  Currently we breed both fullblood and percentage Boers.  Our percentage flock is based on quality, top producing dairy does.

We can supply goats for any need you may have, show goats, quality breeding stock, show wethers for 4H/FFA and slaughter goats.

 

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