Boer Goats River Trip

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The Hills brought the four goats to the river and ferried them to Alva Island. It was an enjoyable 2-mile ride to the island. The goats didn't seem to mind the ride and actually acted as if they also enjoyed it. Three of the does looked as if they may have been pregnant. Isabel was the youngest doe of the four and the only one with horns.

After arriving at Alva Island, the four goats follow Woody to their new home with the Hill's twelve other goats.


Boer Goats - were developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Dutch word "Boer" meaning farmer. They were selected for meat rather than milk production; 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 commonly have white bodies and distinctive brown heads. 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.

Boer goats are minimal care animals that are browsers by nature, preferring brush, shrubs, and broadleaf weeds rather than grass. Boer goats raised for meat production are typically raised on pastures. The main reasons for this are twofold: pastured goats are on average healthier animals than pen-raised goats; secondly, it costs far less to raise Boer goats on a diet of brush and weeds, than on bags of commercial feed.

Boer goat, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boer_goat&oldid=319564491 (last visited Nov. 2, 2009).

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