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Boer Goat Breed Standards
GENERAL APPEARANCE & TYPE

Prime RAM H Boer Livestock

In the Doe there is strong emphasis on femininity; in the Buck one of masculinity. The general appearance is a goat with a fine head, round horns bent backwards; a loose, supple and pleated skin (especially in bucks) with different body parts well fleshed in balance. The doe should appear feminine, wedging slightly to the front. The buck should appear heavier in the head, neck and forequarters. The Boer goat is an animal with symmetry, as well as a strong and vigorous appearance.

CONFORMATION

HEAD

A strong head with large soft brown eyes. A strong slightly curved nose, wide nostrils, strong well formed mouth with well-fitted jaws. Up to 4 teeth must show a 100% fit. Six tooth and older may show 6 mm protrusion. Permanent teeth must cut in the correct place. The forehead must be prominently curved, linking up with the curve of nose and horns. For animals that are not disbudded, horns should be strong, of moderate length and placed moderately apart with a gradual backward curve. Horns have to be as round and solid as possible and coloured darkly. Ears are to be broad, smooth and hanging downwards from the head.

UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

Concave forehead, horns too straight or flat, pointed jaw, stiff protruding ears, short ears, jaws and blue eyes. Over or under-shot jaw.

NECK AND FOREQUARTERS

A neck in proportion to the length of the body, full and well fleshed and well joined with the forequarter. The breastbone should be broad with a deep broad brisket. The shoulder should be fleshy, in proportion to the body and be well fitted to, the withers. The withers should be broad and well filled. The front legs should be in proportion to the depth of the body. The legs should be strong and well placed, with strong pastern joints and well-formed, dark hooves.

BARREL

The ideal is a long, deep broad barrel. The ribs must be well sprung and fleshed, with a long loin. The goat should have a broad back and reasonably level topline.

UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

Sway or saddle back or pinched behind the shoulder.

HINDQUARTERS

The Boer Goat should have a broad and long rump, with a slight slope, well muscled buttocks and thighs. The tail must be straight where it grows out of the dock and may swing to either side.

UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

Steep or short rump; wry tail or flat buttocks.

LEGS

The legs should be strong and well placed. Too fleshy legs are undesirable. Strong legs imply hardiness and a strong constitution, which are absolutely essential characteristics of the Boer Goat.

UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

Knock knees, bandy legs, thin legs. Weak pasterns and hoofs pointing outwards or inwards.

SKIN AND COVERINGS

A loose supple skin with sufficient chest and neck folds, especially in the case of bucks. Eyelids and hairless parts should have a minimum of 75% pigmentation. Short glossy hair(except during winter months).

SEXUAL ORGANS

Proper Udder Formation on RAM H 90J

DOES:

Well-formed udder firmly attached with no more than two functional teats per side. One teat on each side or two teats per side; well separated is desirable.

UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

Fish or cluster teats; blind teats.

BUCKS:

Two reasonably large, well formed, healthy and equal sized testes in one scrotum. The scrotum should be at least 25 cm in circumference at one year of age. One teat or two teats per side is desirable.

UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS

Fish or cluster teats A scrotum with more than A 5 cm split.

COLORING

Ideal coloring for a Traditional Boer Goat (TR) and a Canadian Purebred Boer Goat (CR) is a white body with reddish brown head.

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