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.