Boer Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

Capra aegagrus hircus

Boer goats were first developed in South Africa by selecting and improving indigenous goats in the early 1900s.  It has a white body with a brown head and long big ears that hang down, and is bred for its meat.  Male bucks can weigh between 100 - 135kg.

Breeding

It can breed throughout the year and has a gestation period of around 149 - 155 days.  Kids are weaned around 6 months of age and reach sexual maturity at this time.

Behaviour

Boer goats live in herds and are a highly social animal.  They can adapt to hot, dry semi desert conditions and are great climbers of rocky cliffs.  They have very good night vision and will often graze through the night.

Diet

The Boer goat is a herbivore feeding on grass, but prefer brush, shrubs and broadleaf weeds.

Status

Common.

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