The Boer goat is a breed of goat developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Dutch word "Boer," meaning "farmer".
They were selected for meat rather than milk production. The Boer goat has a fast growth rate and excellent carcass quality, making it one of the most popular breeds of meat goat in the world.
Boer goats commonly have white bodies with a distinctive brown or pink head and long ears. They are docile and fast growing. Does have superior mothering skills compared to other goats.
Mature Boer bucks weigh between 240-300 lb, and mature does usually weigh between 200-220 lb.
The Boer Buck is the male breeding goat. A high quality buck can produce high quality offspring even when mated with an average doe. Boer goats tend to gain weight at about the same rate as their sire, so a buck from a proven fast growing bloodline will produce offspring that tend to be fast growers also.
Boer does used to breed show quality goats are usually very large, as show goats are expected to be of large stature. For commercial meat production medium size does are normally preferred as they produce the same number of kids, but require less feed. They can breed throughout the year, usually beginning at 5 months of age.
Boer does are normally very good mothers, requiring only minimal attention
Boer wethers are raised for meat.
Boer goats bred for showing are larger than normal goats and meet specific visual appearances. Bucks and does that have been bred for show can be, and often are used for commercial breeding stock. To show, most Boer goats have to be registered with either the CMGA, ABGA, IBGA, or USBGA.