Boer Goat Exports
The Boer goat breed originated from South Africa and has become the benchmark as far as goat meat production is concerned. It makes a great deal of sense to import only the very best animals and top genetic material from the country that developed and continues to improve this economically important goat breed.
Karoo Livestock Exports (KLE) consists of professional consultants (our founder is an Official Boer goat and Kalahari Red Judge and Inspector) providing expert advice to assist existing farmers in upgrading the quality of their flocks in terms of adaptability, fertility, and meat production capacity. Our consulting panel can also assist in the layout and construction of new facilities as well as the technical management of the project, with full-time professional backup on an ongoing basis.
About the Founder
KLE is proud to announce that the founder of the Company, Gerrie Ferreira, is a fully Registered Boer goat and Kalahari Red Judge and Inspector – approved and Registered at the South African Boer goat Breeders Association. Gerrie is offering clients his experience and professional back-up in selecting and grading their Boer goats.
About our Team
Our highly qualified and experienced team will also assist you in:
- complying with all relevant export protocols
- veterinary and quarantine requirements
- transport arrangements and customs clearing on the South African side
- on-going support as far as the project is concerned
Boer Goat Exports
The famous Boer Goat (“Boer” means “farmer” in Dutch) has been developed in South Africa by breeding the ‘indigenous’ stock and no cross-breeding of foreign species have been used in the development and ennobling of the Boer Goat. In fact, only by means of brilliant selection and breeding from indigenous animals this ennobled race was developed. (Raising Meat Goats for Profit by Gail Bowman). The aim was to have a hardy, very adaptable, meat animal that could survive the varied conditions of the African landscape while still maintaining a high birth rate, high survival rate, and a marketable meat carcass.
One of the pinnacles in the history of the Boer Goat was the establishment of the South African Boer Goat Breeders Association on the 4th of July 1959. (www.boerboksa.co.za) In the past fifty years, the breed standards of this association have helped to guide and mold the Boer goat into an “improved” breed emphasizing good overall conformation, a compact and well muscled body structure, high growth and fertility rates, short white hair, darkly pigmented skin, and red markings on the head and shoulders. The Boer goat was incorporated into the Goat Performance Testing Scheme, which makes the Boer goat the only known goat breed involved in a performance test for meat production.
What followed was a continued improvement of an already existing breed by a broad spectrum of highly qualified breeders throughout South Africa following a healthy breeding policy. In a relatively short period of time, the Boer Goat has developed into the most favoured meat goat in the world, producing a low calorie, heart friendly meat.
The most striking difference between a Boer goat and any other type of goat is the size. A Boer is a large, double muscled animal that can consistently produce more muscling in less time than any other breed of goat and will pass this capability to their kids. With the Boer goat’s high fertility, rapid growth rate (kids become ready for slaughtering from three months of age) and quality carcass conformation combined with the Boers ability to maintain economic production for seven years or longer make the Boer Goat a valuable commodity. (Raising Meat Goats for Profit by Gail Bowman)
About 63% of the red meat consumed worldwide is goat! What is so special about goat meat? Many people with digestive problems require a careful diet. The molecular structure of goat meat is different than that of other meats, therefore, goat meat digests more easily. It is also a low fat, good tasting alternative to chicken or fish. The Boer goat influence changes the taste of the meat to a milder, more veal-like flavour.
The Boer goat is suited for use in cross breeding programs to improve meat characteristics. Recent trials have shown that Boer goats can also utilize land that is not suitable for other livestock. Therefore, in an extensive farming operation, total stock units can be increased thus giving a better financial return for the farm. Boer goats also adapt well in feedlots and growth rate of these kids is unbelievable.
Boer goats are easy to raise, have mild temperaments, are affectionate, require no milking, no special care, no shearing, and no fancy fences. Boer goats and Boer crosses also have huge rumen capacity. They spend a lot more time grazing than other types of goats do. One reason for this is that they are out razing in the heat of the day when dairy goats are wilting in the shade.
For all the obvious reasons the Arab people started to import Boer goats from the Chandelier Boer Goat Stud. These Boer goats adapted well in the Middle East and North Africa and they have already started kidding. The future of the Boer Goats shines bright and as long as consumers demand quality meat, the sky is the limit.