Kalahari Red goat
The Kalahari Red goat derives its name from the red sands of the Kalahari Desert. These hardy goats are generally used for meat production.
Background to the Kalahari Red goat
Kalahari Red’s are a distinct and separate breed of Goat. They are not related to the Boer Goat and have additional advantages to the original boer goat breed: enhanced meat tenderness, the hardiness of the animal and the camouflage which improves the survival of their kids.
Kalahari Red goats come from the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. The commercial breed in Australia is still close to the natural gene pool of the desert goats, bringing all the benefits from centuries of natural selection. Innately hardy and naturally adaptable, these goats are much less susceptible to disease and parasite infestations than other breeds. Their background as desert animals has also given them unequalled ability to thrive in varied and poor conditions, their colour makes them less prone to airborne predators and they have exemplary mothering abilities.
Kalahari Red goat Characteristics
Kalahari Red Goats tend to be generally a hardier animal than the Boer or Boer cross breeds, able to thrive on rough weed country with little or no supplements.
The Kalahari red goas has a strong, slightly curved nose, wide nostrils, and a well-formed mouth with well-fitted jaws. Ears are to be broad, smooth and of medium length hanging downwards from the head. Very short ears are undesirable.
Kalahari Reds can be used to give indigenous goats a uniform, solid red colour, with all the unique advantages that this brings. Their earthy colour provides a good camouflage that protects them from predators. White kids would be seen easily by foxes, pigs and eagles. They are fully pigmented and, therefore, able to endure heat and strong sunshine. Their dark coats and long ears provide good heat resistance and will, therefore, feed for longer during the heat of the day, which ultimately means higher weight gains.
Doe’s have excellent mothering instincts and kid right in the field and raise their kids there. No labourers are needed to assist does to find their young.
Facts about the Kalahari Red goat:
- Hardiness and disease/tick resistance
- Mothering and milking abilities
- Colour, shape and size
- Good meat flavour & good yield
- Most Tender Goat Meat available