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Boer goats? - information here for new Boer goat breeders includes Boer goat health, handling, 1st Aid Kit for goats, Boer goat influence on goat meat production, Goat meat, Boer bucks & does, Recipes, Boer goats mating & kidding, Tattooing and tagging Boer goats. Hoof trimming and how to tell the age of Boer goats. Our Fullblood South African Boer goat photos.

 

A goat was found dead with its back leg stuck in its own horns.          Goats get trapped in Fences, under self feeders and logs.          Kids get badly tangled or strangled in Horse Feed Net bags.       A goat got stuck by putting its head through a hinge joint fence, around the star post and back in the hinge joint

Our Boer Goats included genetics from the South African studs of Nico Botha, PS Niewoudt and Maritz. The Buck, Adrian(HVD226), added the excellent  genetics of the proven South African buck, Vlek to our stud. Another stud buck, James, a son of Tarzan, also contributed to the building of our herd. We purchased   the son of a Highveld Doe that sold for a record price at the 2003 Sydney Royal show and his kids where really exceptional.
 
At Knocknagulagh Boer Goat Stud we have been breeding only Fullblood Boers using the best African genetics. We have sold all our Boer stock and will be having a break before deciding to continue breeding. However this site will continue as an information source  to those breeders who need it and will be updated regularly.
 
Links at the bottom of the page will be of use to new breeders when considering such things as, goat handling, health, mating, pregnancy and kidding. Further information is also available on ear tattooing and tagging, hoof trimming, horn nipping, how to tell the age of goats and some information on goats for meat and recipes. 
 
If you need further assistance with your breeding or management of goats
contact me and I will give you prompt and caring assistance.

 
 

 

 

Goat Breeding The K.I.S.S. Factor

Goat breeding is definitely not "Rocket Science". Some of you may be familiar with KISS "Keep It Simple Stupid" but over the years that I have been breeding goats, I have witnessed so many things going wrong in herds because breeders have treated their stock as anything, other than 'Goats'.

The best advice I could give to new breeders of goats is to manage them as much as possible in natural conditions. I know it is not always possible as we tend to put our goats in grazing paddocks, when they would naturally 'Browse' over wider areas. Goats will pick around eating what they like best from trees and shrubs.

 
You will have heard that goats will eat anything - well they do not, unless, we breeders put them in conditions where there is little or nothing else to eat. The question is will they grow, mate and breed to their best potential, in those conditions?

So we have to compensate. To avoid excessive worm build up you must have sufficient paddocks so you can rotate the herd and let the paddocks recover. You will have to be prepared to provide additional nutrition in the form of fresh lucerne and grain. You will have to watch the worm egg count, again to ensure that the goats are not infested with worms that will bring their condition down and eventually kill them. I believe that sickness and death in goats in so many cases are a result of over stocking, worm build up, stress and other complications stemming from these conditions.

 
So start out right and K. I. S. S.

General Appearance

The ennobled Boer Goat is an animal of quality with balance and symmetry and a strong, vigorous appearance. The doe must be feminine, wedging slightly to the front. The buck demonstrates masculinity and is heavier in the head, neck, forequarters and rump.

Fertility

A doe must have kidded by 2 years of age
 


Disqualifications

Animals that display any of the following disqualifications  should not be used for breeding and may not be exhibited:

Blue Eyes
Wry, twisted or crooked mouth.
Parrot mouth
Undescended, single or divided testes,
monorchid or cryptorchid.

 

Provision

Where an animal is highly exceptional in its functional traits and displays an aesthetic fault; its exceptional traits should be recognised.

(The Boer Goat Standard: accepted by the Boer Goat Breeders Association of Australia)

 

Colouring

The Boer Goat is a white goat with a fully pigmented red head and white blaze.

Uniform shading between light and dark is permissable.  The minimum standard for a stud animal is a red patch of at least 10 cm. in diameter on both sides of the head, ears included. Both ears should have at least 75% red colouring and 75% pigmentation.


 

 

The following is permissable

Head, Neck and Forequarters: A total red colouring is permissable not further than the shoulder blade and on the shoulder, not lower than the chest junction.

Barrel, Hindquarters and Belly: Only one patch not exceeding 10 cm. in diameter is permissable.

Legs: The term 'legs' is taken to mean that portion below an imaginary line formed by the chest and the underline. One patch or a number of patches that do not exceed a total area of 5 cm. in diameter.

Tail: The tail may be red but the red colour may not continue unto the body for more than 5 cm. in diameter. 

Red Hair and Covering: Very few red hairs in the white of the coat is permissable from the age of two tooth.

(The Boer Goat Standard accepted by the Boer Goat Association of Australia

 

Skin and Covering

A loose supple skin is essential. Eyelids and hairless parts must be pigmented.  All hairless skin (eg: under the tail, round the eyelids and mouth) should have a minimum of 75% pigmentation. Pigmentation may range from light through to dark. Hair should be short, dense and glossy. A limited amount of cashmere will be tolerated during Winter months.

 

Characteristic faults

Covering to long and coarse or sparse, fine and open. Pigmentation less than 75%.

 

Our fullblood boers have been kidded naturally and from Embryo transfer programs. Stick rates for Embryo transfer have always been high with 90 to 100% success.

Our goats have not only been purchased throughout Australia but also to buyers overseas including China.

Although we will not have any goats available for export for some time I can be of assistance in providing contacts for Boer Goat Breeders in NSW and Shipping Agents in Australia.
 

Our farm is situated 44kms north of  Mudgee, NSW Australia. This is about 3 to 4 hours drive west, over the Blue Mountains, from Sydney . Our stud sits along the floor of an isolated Valley surrounded by a mountain range with rocky cliffs and covered in Eucalyptus trees.

 

 


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