The Boer associations in the US all have breed standards that originally came from
South Africa. However some of the judges don’t judge according to the standards and
many times focus on their preferences rather than the standards. We also have concerns
with some of the standards because they cannot be financially justified when considering
them in relationship of developing a better MEAT GOAT. The following pages discuss
our concerns and what we are focusing on that may be different than the standards
or show judges.
Show Focus - A discussion on the issues of Boer associations having a primary focus
on a look for showing rather than developing a premier meat goat breed.
Best Answer? - Is the Boer goat that wins in the show ring better than the one
that is more hardy, requires less maintenance, and more worm resistant?
Association Focus - This looks specifically at the common buzzwords heard in the
industry to show the preferences by some to breed characteristics that may not be
financially justified for a premier meat goat breed.
Breed Research Results - Reviews some university research comparing Boers, Kikos,
Spanish, and crosses in a meat goat environment.
Teat and Udder Research - Discusses our research to focus on the teats and udders
related to kidding rather than when a doe is not pregnant. It also looks at the results
of breeding that considers the teat characteristics of the buck, the doe, and the
Head and Horns issues - Many judges place a premium on the shape of the head, nose
and horns. We have a different focus and discuss why.
Wide Chest issues - Many judges place a premium on Boers that have extreme front-end
width. We have a different opinion about the value of that width when the focus is
developing a premier meat goat breed.
Feminine Look in Does- Many well-known breeders and judges place a premium on does
that have an ultra feminine look. We have a different opinion about the value of
that look when focusing on a premier meat goat breed.
Leg issues - Many well-known breeders and judges place a premium on a large boned
animal that has a straight stride. We discuss our concerns with this.