THE PAINTED BOER GOAT:
(Pictures courtesy of Jack Maulden -USA and Maureen Dean - Aus.)
THE PAINTED BOER:
The Painted Boer Goat classification is open to Fullblood Standard Boers, Red Boers or any combination of these 2 breeds only. (Please note we will not accept Kalahari, Savannah or Australian Red Boer genetics under this classification.)
A strong broad head, showing character and a quiet disposition. Large brown almond shaped hooded eyes.
A strong curved Roman nose with flared and wide nostrils, the tip of the nose to be in line with the lower lip and chin.
A strong curved lower jaw rising to meet the upper jaw.
Up to 6 tooth must show a 100% fit and at 8 tooth, may show a 6mm. protrusion, permanent teeth must be cut in the correct anatomical position.
A prominent curved forehead, linking up with the curve of the nose and horns.
Horns should be strong, round, solid and show good colour, be of moderate length and placed moderately apart with a gradual backward sloping curve.
Ears should be of good length, broad and smooth, set in line with the eye and must hang downwards from the head.
Concave forehead, straight, flat or wild upright horns, pointed jaw, ears folded lengthwise, stiff protruding ears or excessively short ears, overshot or undershot jaw.
A neck of moderate length in proportion to the length of the body.
In Does the neck should come out and deep from the chest, blending smoothly with the shoulders, be wide in its attachment and rising gracefully to the throat latch, showing refinement in the female.
In Bucks the neck should be thicker and show skin folds as a sign of masculinity. The chest should be broad with a deep brisket. The shoulder should be well muscled in proportion to the body, and be well fitted to the wither. The wither should also be broad and well fitted (not sharp).
Very long, thin or short necks in proportion to the body or too loose a shoulder.
The barrel should be long, broad and deep. The ribs must be well sprung and the loins well muscled, the goat should have a broad straight back and not be pinched behind the shoulders, a small dip behind the shoulder is acceptable.
Characteristic faults: Concave back, slab sided, cylindrical or pinched behind the shoulder.
The pelvis must be large, broad and with good length, from pin to hip.
Well muscled through the rump, twist and inner thighs with length through the stitch, particularly in bucks. The rump should be slightly sloped. The Tail should be straight at the dock and be able to move freely.
Narrow hips or rump that slopes too much, wry tail, short from hip to pin, poor muscling particularly in the bucks, short stitch / poor inner thigh development.
The legs should be of medium length and in proportion to the depth of the body. The upper leg should be long in proportion to the cannon bone and well muscled.
The legs should be strong and well placed, with strong well formed pasterns and coloured hooves. Leg bone should be wide, flat and dry.
Knock knees, bandy legs, cow or sickle hocks, post legged, thin or fleshy legs, weak pasterns and hooves pointed outwards or inwards, or lacking good pigmentation colour.
Skin & Covering:
A loose supple skin is essential. Eyelids and hairless parts must be pigmented. All hairless skin (i.e. under the tail, around the mouth and eyelids) should have a minimum pigmentation of 75%. Pigmentation may range from light through to dark.
Hair should be short, dense and glossy, a limited amount of cashmere will be tolerated with a winter coat.
Hair too long, coarse or sparse, fine and open. Pigmentation less than 75%.
Sexual Organs – Does:
Well formed udder firmly attached with no more than 2 separate teats on either side.
Any teat variation of more than 2 separate teats per side, calabash/bottle teats or pendulous udder.
Sexual Organs – Bucks:
Two reasonably large, well formed, healthy and of equal size testes in one scrotum, these must be at least 25cm. at maturity. The scrotum must not have a split larger than 5cm.
Characteristic faults: Small testes, a scrotum sac with a circumference of less than 25 cm at maturity, undescended, single or divided testes, monorchid or cryptorchid
The ideal is a medium sized, heavy goat with maximum meat production. A desirable relationship between length of leg and depth of body should be achieved. Kids tend to be longer in the leg.
Characteristic faults: Goats that are too small.
The ennobled Boer Goat is an animal of quality showing balance and symmetry and a strong vigorous appearance.
The Doe must be feminine, the body wedging slightly to the front. The Buck must demonstrate masculinity and strength and is heavier in the head, neck and rump.
A Doe must have kidded or be joined by the age of 2 years.
Animals that display any of the following characteristics should not be used for breeding and may not be exhibited.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ‘WHERE AN ANIMAL IS HIGHLY EXCEPTIONAL IN ITS FUNCTIONAL TRAITS AND DISPLAYS AN AESTHETIC FAULT, ITS EXCEPTIONAL TRAITS SHOULD BE RECOGNISED’.