•       You might be asking what is a “Heritage Boer” goat. I look at it as the original style. Yes, the look and the style that came from South Africa in the mid 1990’s. I do know that environment changes animals, but I see the boer goat that are here in the United States is being change for other reasons. I see this change as “Wether Style “or “Wether Type” goats.  This type of look, is for the market show ring. Yes, that is my opinion for the market show ring.  I do not see this “wether style” as a body type that is high on the idea of meat producing animal. There is many reason I see them as a negative. I also do not see it as a body type that meat processors would like. This type is usually tubular in design, long pencil like looking necks, and lower in ADG (Average Daily Gain). So, they are slower growers. A simple way to understand the problem is it takes more money for a producer to have them at a sellable weight to make a good return on the breeders’ investment.  I think if you want real meat goats, which is what the Boer Goat was created for, you should look at fast and efficient rate of gain. The “Wether Style” breeders and producers also usually do not care about the number of teats on a doe, the pallet or pigmentation and fast weight gain in the early months of the animal’s life.  I say this because a lot of them are slow growing.  A lot of the “wether style” goats top out at 100 +/- lbs. This is often their top weight at 2 years of age even.  I have seen this is both does and bucks.  I know the “wether style” are also not fed out as heavy as an ABGA Show goat. They want this slower growing animal, so they can be in the show ring longer. The “wether style” are kept leaner and are exercised to pack on the muscle. They look more like sheep in their body. We LIKE big traditional looking breeding stock; big bodied does and the biggest bucks we can find. We see this as a better animal to produce meat.  Without much performance data out there, I guess I always hope big boned, all-natural animals translates to fast and efficient feed to meat producers. That is why I am using older style animals and semen to produce this style. I see the older style disappearing and I do not like it. Sense there is no new animals entering the country from South Africa and the changes that are happening will, if not changed will overtake the traditional, “Heritage “look and style.  So, the Old Style will be lost here in the United States. Yes, we’ve drifted back towards that old school South African look the “Heritage Style “look her at Wilde Plum Farm. The “Heritage Boer” is an animal that can reach its optimal weight and size with minimum of the extras. They are deep in their body and usually do not have that pencil looking neck or if they do the loose skin hides it.  The loss of deep bodied does usually contributes to less capacity in does. This again is a problem if your producing meat. This lost in depth adds up to single births. So, you see it is the loss of the multiply birthing. The “Heritage Type” that I am trying to keep around has a deep bodied, large boned, multiple birthing, fast growing and more skin.  I have even heard people call the doe bucky looking. I just think that is funny. I do see the loose skin has been lost in the United States, but there is still large bone, deep bodied and fast-growing animals. I hope this explains the idea of “Heritage Style” animals. 

Video about what to look for in a Boer Goat

This is Conrad Herbst from South Africa.  He is

Owner-operator at Wholesome Auctions

Owner at Conrad Kleinvee Sentrum and 

Owner at Conrad Herbst Boerbok Stoet

I believe that he hit the nail on the head in this description and explanation of what a Boer Goat is and should be.

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