boer goat
boer goat
The Boer Goat´s originally named South African Boer goat. The first population of Boer Goat can be traced back to South African nomad tribes. During a certain stage of unintentional crossbreeding of European goat, goats of Dutch colonies of India and goats of Eastern Asia the modern Boer goat started to emerge in early 1940. The name suggests, that the Boer people created this breed – Dutch settlers of the southern part of Africa. The word "boer" is a Dutch word and it means a farm.

These animals have white fur, with a strong red-brown head. They also have long and floppy ears which twirl. Their nose is white. They have a stout body with an evenly distributed short but smooth fur. Males have longer fur on the areas of their necks and tails. The less fury areas of their body –head and tail – are pigmented. They have horns. Horns are strong but aren´t too long and they arch backward. The hors, just as their hoofs, are dark brown.

Boer Goat is known for eating the bushes – they eat from “up to down”. Despite the fact that they can´t climb as skilfully as other goats, we can regulate overgrowing or start to revive abandoned pastures with their help. Two-thirds of their entire meal can be made of leafs and twigs. They have a calmer temperament than other goats and they have a different way od pasture. This makes them suitable for pasture with sheep and cattle.

Dusan Kreslin
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