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The Boer Goat

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The Boer Goat, as a South African land race, has been phenomenally successful as a registered small stock breed. Thanks to dedicated producers here in its home country who have rigorously applied selective breeding practices over almost a century, the Boer Goat is now found in almost every country across the world. It is here in South Africa where the very best genetics in the world are sourced and where breed standards are determined. Characteristics
1.Its meat and hide quality 2.Its hardiness and adaptability
3.Its resistance to disease
4.Its fertility and kidding percentage
5.Its abundance of milk
6.Its longevity
7.Its excellent grazing habits

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SAVANNA GOAT

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Savanna goats are known for their fertility and good maternal traits. ... The Savanna is a hardy and adaptable indigenous breed, and its pigmentation protects it against the fierce African sun. Because of their loose skin, these goats also have good tick resistance.” Although the real origin of this breed is murky, we've generally attributed it to a ranch in South Africa in 1957; Cilliers and Sons, near the Vaal River.
The Savanna goat is a large framed, well-muscled breed primarily used for meat. They typically have white coats, as that coat allele is dominant over the others. However, their skin, horns, and hooves have black pigmentation, to protect from the sun.
Savanna goats have good reproductive traits: high fertility, mothering ability, and milk production, a high twinning rate, and their kids have a good growth rate.
Savanna goats are relatively new to the United States, only being imported in the late 1990s.

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KALAHARI RED GOAT

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The Kalahari Red is a red, medium- to large-framed lob-eared meat goat. It has a fine head, round horns bent backwards, and a loose, supple skin with folds (prominent in rams).
The ewe must be feminine, wedging slightly to the front. The ram is heavier in the head, neck and forequarters.
The ideal is a brown goat with colour shadings that range from light brown to dark brown. It has a well-pigmented, smooth, short hair coat.

Production norms

Age at first breeding: six months;
100-day weaning weight of ram kids: 25kg;
100-day weaning weight of ewe kids: 21kg;
Mature weight ewes: 75kg. The meat is tender, tasty and low fat at a young age. The quality of the skin is excellent, a value-added trait.

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The Merino Sheep

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Merino, breed of fine-wool sheep originating in Spain; it was known as early as the 12th century and may have been a Moorish importation. It was particularly well adapted to semiarid climates and to nomadic pasturing. The breed has become prominent in many countries worldwide. Merinos vary considerably in size, conformation, and extent of skin folds, but the prevailing trend in breeding is to develop sheep of medium size, with fair mutton conformation and a minimum of skin folds. The colour of their faces and legs is white. Although they have a considerable growth of wool on their faces, it is seldom extensive enough to cause wool blindness. The fine wool fibres of Merino fleeces are beautifully crimped. Characteristics The Merino is an excellent forager and very adaptable. It is bred predominantly for its wool, and its carcass size is generally smaller than that of sheep bred for meat. South African Meat Merino (SAMM), American Rambouillet and German Merinofleischschaf have been bred to balance wool production and carcass quality.

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Tankwa goats

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Tankwa goats have a remarkable ability to survive in the harsh environment of the Karoo (minus zero and plus 40oC temperatures; little water and food). They have greater resistance to diseases than any other goat populations in South Africa including exotic breeds and they are also very resilient to parasites. Furthermore, the breed is highly adapted to living without human intervention and their gene pool may harbor genetic characteristics that could be of value to commercial goat production.

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INDIGENOUS VELD GOATS

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The Indigenous Veld Goat (IVG) is known as the beau ideal of South African goats because of its beautiful coat patterns. But under this handsome exterior are some tough, African-bred attributes. “I wanted a goat that had resistance to heartwater, was fertile and could raise twins on the harsh terrain on which we farm,” says Lionel Whittal of Sandilli farm in the Bolo district of the Eastern Cape.
Having farmed with Boer goats before, he knew the risks of the harsh heartwater disease with prodigious populations of the bont tick. His herd’s production at the time had been drastically impaired and heartwater seemed to be a never-ending problem. “With the bont tick giving me untold headaches, a now-retired uncle, Victor Biggs, who farmed on the outskirts of Kei Road, Eastern Cape, introduced me to the Veld Goats,” Lionel explains. “Victor owned the well-known Haddon Nguni Stud and for many years also farmed with fertile, disease- resistant IVGs, after having spent years selecting for naturally resistant animals.

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