Nature Produces the Proper Size of Bone in order for animals to Survive
We believe that breeders sometimes have to look at what nature has done with the
evolution of certain characteristics of animals in the wild that allows them to survive
when other similar animals did not. Although many judges and breeders of Boer goats
want to see large leg bones and feet, that is not what nature has created. Below
are some pictures of animals in the wild that are similar to Boer goats and what
their leg bones and feet evolved into Breeders of Kikos and Spanish goats breed for
strong moderate size leg bones and feet. One of the reasons is because larger leg
bones increase the bone to meat ratio thus reducing the percentage of usable meat
per live weight.
Deer - Look at the size of bone in deer. It is not large. Their legs must take the
stress of running and jumping to survive in the wild. There are millions of deer
in the US with no leg crisis because they don't have large bone.
Elk -Here is the elk with no large bone in the legs. They carry a large amount of
weight and have to survive in the wild. No crisis.
Feral Goats -These are feral goats in Australia. They do not have large bone. These
are wild goats that live in a semi-desert environment and must travel very long distances
to find food and survive. There are approx 2.5 million feral goats in Australia and
they are having a difficult time keeping the numbers down. No crisis.
Wild hogs - travel many, many miles to find food and must be able to move quickly
to survive. These hogs can easily reach weights of 300-600 lbs. Just in Northeast
Texas, there are over a million wild hogs and the government can find no way to reduce
the number of these hogs in the wild. No crisis.