The Boer is a breed of goat was developed in South Africa as a breed meant solely for meat production. It is known for rapid weight gain and the appearance of heavy muscling. It is relatively high in fertility and has a good number of twins. Since the Boer was selectively improved for its meat production, the addition of a Boer buck to a commercial (common) meat goat herd can improve the meat characteristics of the offspring. Note the spelling of this word (Boer) in contrast to the boar which is a male pig. Both are pronounced the same. The name Boer has its roots in the Afrikaans language of Dutch origin.