Central Otago offers the ideal NZ environment and climate for raising Boer goats.
The climate is continental semi-arid (350-400mm annual precipitation), winters are cold (to -15°C) and summers hot (+30°C), much like the Mediterranean. Dryland plants from there thrive in Central, as do the Boer Goats. Excellent genetics, good natural nutrition and few disease problems produce premium animals.
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A Brief History: The Boer goat is a large animal and a specialized meat-producer. Originally from South Africa, it owes its name to the Dutch word "boer" - meaning farm - to distinguish it from the Angora goat. The Boer goat was probably derived from indigenous animals of the Namaqua Hottentot and the southward migrating Bantu tribes with a possible infusion of Indian and European bloodlines. The present-day, improved Boer goat emerged in the early 20th century when ranchers in the Eastern Cape province started breeding for a meat-type goat with good conformation, high growth rate and fertility, short white hair, and red markings on the head and neck.
In New Zealand, Landcorp Farming Ltd and African Goat Flocks Ltd obtained embryos of the breed pre-1989 that were raised in quarantine under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture before being released to the general public in 1993. The NZ Boer goat is one of the hardiest of all livestock breeds. Bred for dominance, the breed distinguishes itself by carrying superior genetic characteristics for goat farming. Boers have a high resistance to disease and adapt well to various climates and terrain, like that of Central Otago.
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