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Boer Goat Australia
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Black Boer Goat

General Appearance:

A goat with a fine head, round horns that are bent backwards, a loose, supple skin with folds (especially in bucks) and with body parts well- fleshed and in perfect balance. The Doe must be feminine, wedging slightly up to the front, which is a sign of fertility. The buck is heavier in the head, neck and forequarters. The SA Boer Goat is an animal   with symmetry, with a strong, vigorous appearance, good temperament, and fine quality & presence.   The   Doe   must be feminine and the Buck masculine.


The adaptability of the Boer Goat is phenomenal. From the warmest parts in S.A. (Kalahari) to the coldest parts in the world. Out of the seven continents in the world, Antarctica is the only continent that doesn’t have the SA Boer Goat Truly a breed to be proud of.

The Standard Boer Goat.

COLOURING: The ideal is a white goat with a red head and ears, (+/- a white blaze) and fully pigmented skin. Shadings between light and dark red are permissible. The minimum requirement for a stud animal is a patch of at least 10cm in diameter on both sides of the head, ears excluded. Both ears should have at least

75% red colouring and with 75% pigmentation.

Structural correctness always remains more important than cosmetic issues.



Colour must not go farther than the shoulder nor lower than level with the chest.



Only one patch not exceeding 10cm in diameter is permissible.


LEGS: The term “legs” means that portion below an imaginary line formed by the chest and the under line. Patches totalling a maximum of 5cm in diameter are permissible.


TAIL: The tail may be red, but the red colour may not continue onto the body for more than 2,5cm.


RED HAIR AND COVERING:  Very few red hairs (roaning) are permissible within the coat from 2 tooth onwards.


PIGMENTATION: Is necessary for protection from UV sunlight leading to the risk of skin cancer. The darker the pigmentation the better. Discriminate against too light or less than 50% pigmentation, 75% for stud quality goats.

The Red Boer Goat.

In South Africa the solid red goats are called Kalahari Reds. 

COLOURING: The ideal is a fully brown goat with colour shadings that ranges between light brown to dark brown.

RED HAIR AND COVERING: Very few white hairs (roaning) are permissible at the 2-tooth stage.

In Australia Blacks are registered under the Red Registry. In South Africa they are called "Blackberry's.

The Savannah

Although a small number of Savannah Embryo's were imported to Australia there are now no registered Fullblood Savannahs' in Australia.


The Savannah Goat is totally white. A limited amount of black and red hair is acceptable, but red or black hair must be eliminated. Pigmentation must be dark grey to black. Light spots may not appear on Elite ewes and rams. Any shade of pink is a cull defect.




Explanation of Breed Standards

In applying these standards there are many aspects which cannot be completely defined. In such cases the inspector or judge must use his discretion. In spite of the breed standards being clear and to the point, it is never the less necessary to supply additional information in respect of certain descriptions. The major part of the body of the goat must be white to make it conspicuous and to facilitate the rounding up of goats in dense terrain. A pigmented skin on the hairless parts, e.g. under the tail, round the eyelids and mouth etc., is absolutely essential, because it offers resistance to sunburn which may result in cancer. A pigmented skin is also more resistant to skin disease. A loose, supple skin is essential for adaptability to climatic conditions.  In addition, skin of this kind provides additional resistance to external parasites.

Other Colour Variations.

The same general Breed Standard should be applied except for the colour requirements.




Black - In Australia Blacks are registered under the Red Registry. In South Africa they are called "Blackberry's"







Structural correctness always remains more important than cosmetic issues.

To be accepted into the FullBlood Register (Standard or Red) all animals must be traceable directly back to South African Genetics on both sides.

Fullblood Boer Goats
Kalahari Red Boer Goat
Paint Boer Goat
Paint Boer Goat
Black Boer Goat
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