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Breeders & Associations Negative Impact on "High Maintenance"

The South African breeders did not have a "high dollar" industry in front of them when they started the work developing the Improved Boer Goat breed. They had negative characteristics of the local animals that they wanted to improve to make them more hardy and produce more goat meat per animal. Their main focus was to improve the hardiness, kidding percentage, and the mothering instinct in the breed and make in good looking in the process.

When the Boers came to the U.S. their were $$$$ in the eyes of the breeders. The focus was to reproduce them as fast as possible and sell them for top dollar. Because the Boers were high priced initially, everyone was  treating them with kid gloves and doctoring every runny nose. As more and more Boers were available in the U.S., a breeder no longer got premium prices just because it was a Boer. It then became the bloodlines with the winning records in the shows got the top dollars. That brought on more pampering and cheating to get those wins. Then you had to have the "New genetics from South Africa". After that you had to have the genetics from the top breeders winning in the show rings. Nothing in that period ever focused on hardiness or being "low maintenance".  It was worth it to spend the extra money and time to continue pampering them because those breeders were getting the top dollars. Now, the genetics that were being pampered were also the ones being bought from across the country.

Look at the committees listed in the Boer Associations and you will see that the majority of them are focused around showing. Look at how many of the directors in the associations are also judges. The U.S. Industry has been show-based from the beginning and has totally let the industry down in not focusing on hardiness and "low maintenance".

Here are some examples of where breeders or association have taken the industry in the wrong direction from my perspective:

Lets call this a good start on listing issues where the industry may have been misled in what makes up an outstanding Boer goat.