The Boer goat was probably bred from the indigenous South African goats kept by the Namaqua, San, and Fooku tribes, with some crossing of Indian and European bloodlines being possible. They were selected for meat rather than milk production; due to selective breeding and improvement, the Boer goat has a fast growth rate and excellent carcass qualities, making it one of the most popular breeds of meat goat in the world. Boer goats have a high resistance to disease and adapt well to hot, dry semideserts. United States production is centered in west-central Texas, particularly in and around San Angelo and Menard. The original US breeding stock came from herds located in New Zealand. Only later were they imported directly from Africa.
Boer Male Goat are the only goats in the world bred specifically for meat production. They were developed in South Africa over the past 50 years from indigenous goats with resistance to a wide range of diseases and adapted to harsh environments ranging from the deserts to the tropics and also cold climates. The improved Boer Goat in southern Africa has shown that it can survive longer in droughts and poor grazing conditions than other goats. The dressing percentage of Boers is high compared with other goats and yields from 48 to 60 % edible meat.
Boer Goats give lean, high quality meat which is tender, juicy and flavoursome. Boers provide larger, higher quality skins which fetch better market prices compared with local goat skins. Boer goats have brought about a goat meat revolution in Australia, China, the U.S.A. and Canada.
The main features Boer goats:
Adaptable to all types of climates from hot tropical to cold climates