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.
- 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