The History Of "Boer Goats"
This content comes directly for the American Boer Goat Association
The development of the Boer goat in the early 1900’s can be traced to the Dutch farmers of South Africa. Boer is a Dutch word meaning farmer. With meat production setting the selection criteria, the Dutch farmers developed the Boer goat as a unique breed of livestock. The Boer goat has a rapid growth rate, excellent carcass qualities and is highly adapted to different environments.
Through the subsequent decades of selective breeding, the Boer goat gained its genetic superiority and nobility, laying the foundation for what is today’s American Boer goat.
The first full-blood Boers were brought into the United States in 1993, the same year the American Boer Goat Association was formed. Since that time a tremendous amount of interest in breeding Boer and Boer influence goats has exploded in the United States.
The Boer goat is commonly a goat with a white body and a red head. Docile, high fertility and a fast growth rate are some of the traits that set the Boer goat apart in the purebred and commercial segments of the American meat goat industry. Mature Does can weigh between 190- 230 lb and mature Boer bucks can weigh between 200 – 340 lb.
The demand for high quality, lean, healthy red meat is the one of the underlining forces behind the development of the American meat goat industry. With an eager base of ethnic consumers, the demand for goat meat continues to grow in the United States each year. The importation of goat meat into the United States is estimated over 30 million dollars annually.
Today, the American Boer Goat Association offers a variety of opportunities in marketing, education, commercial industry and youth. The American Boer Goat Association is the largest Boer association in the world with membership over 7,000 annually. The association registers over 45,000 head annually. The total meat goat industry value is estimated between 150 million to 400 million dollars annually.
From a small beginning in 1993, the impact of the Boer goat has significantly changed the American meat goat industry.
Goat Meat is good for your health! Goat meat is 50% – 65% lower in fat than similarly prepared beef, but has a similar protein content. The Us department of Agriculture also has reported that saturated fat in cooked goat meat is 40% less than that of chicken, even with the skin removed.