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Adaptation to various environments and resistance to disease of the Improved Boer goat.
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PMID:  10760454     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The Improved Boer Goat is a remarkable small-stock ruminant that possesses distinctive qualities enabling it to excel as an efficient red meat producer. It is early maturing, reaching a mean maximum weight of approximately 62kg at 3.5 years of age on natural pasture under extensive grazing conditions. It boasts high fecundity, with approximately 2.09 kids born per doe kidded. A relatively large proportion of does ( approximately 33%) have triplets, whilst the occurrence of kids born as quadruplets and quintuplets have also been documented. The Boer goat is predominantly a browser, enabling it to convert shrub and bush into red meat, thereby playing a supplementary role to other farm stock in increasing meat production per unit area, rather than being in competition with them. As a browser, the goat is also extremely useful and effective in combatting undesirable bush encroachment. In addition, it appears to be fairly resistant towards certain diseases which are normally contracted by other small stock, such as sheep. Lastly, Boer goats produce red meat of high quality which is hardly distinguishable from that of mutton or lamb as far as flavour is concerned, provided animals are slaughtered at a relatively young age.
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Small ruminant research : the journal of the International Goat Association     Volume:  36     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Small Rumin. Res.     Publication Date:  2000 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9885624     Medline TA:  Small Rumin Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  179-187     Citation Subset:  -    
Free State Department of Agriculture, Private Bag X01, Glen, South Africa
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