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THE BEECH HAY HERD OF BOER GOATS

CAE ACCREDITED HERD

WHOLE HERD TESTED NEGATIVE FOR CLA, JOHNES & TB IN 2015

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Boer goats commonly have white bodies and distinctive brown heads. Like the Nubian goat, they possess long, pendulous ears. They are noted for being docile, fast growing, and having high fertility rates.

Does are reported to have superior mothering skills as compared to other goats. Mature bucks weigh between 110-135 kg (240-300 lb), and mature does between 90-100 kg (200-220 lb).

As the Boer goat is a very young breed it is fair to say that they are still very much under development and there are still noticeable differences in type within the breed. However it is important to look for quality purebred Boers rather than partbred goats that have been bred from milking goats.

A perfectly marked Boer has a mainly chestnut / chocolate coloured head and neck and an all-white short coated body.

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The Boer is naturally horned but many breeders prefer to disbud kids within the first week. The breed has a very docile temperament so disbudding is very much an optional exercise. Here at Clay Farm, we aim to disbud our kids in the first 10 days.

Due to selective breeding and improvement, the Boer goat has a fast growth rate and excellent carcass qualities, making it one of the most popular breeds of meat goat in the world. Boer goats have a high resistance to disease and adapt well to various conditions

We had admired the Boer Goat for some time and were lucky enough to purchase eight yearling females and a very good buck from the Topknot herd. These have now been selected and we have 7 adults from Sheercliff and three goatling from Topknot. They are a strong bunch of females that would grace any herd.

All of our goats are now tested free of CAE and CLA, two diseases that can devastate a breeding herd. Our Boers are all vaccinated with Heptavac P and wormed regularly with a variety of appropriate wormers.

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BOER2  The goats are fed haylage and concentrate whilst housed and then hay and some small amount of concentrate whilst out at grass. We aim to wean healthy, strong and fleshy kids that grow well, and the mother has an adequate milk yield and shows good mothering instinct then that is the sort of family line worth keeping in the herd.

We do not take pre-orders for goats any longer as we have found that that can be disappointing both for us and our customers; however we do have a waiting list and we will contact customers who have expressed an interest once our goats have kidded.

We offer full continued support to all of our customers, particularly those buying goats for whom the experience is often a new and daunting venture.

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