What is a Boer goat?

Goats October 24, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

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.