by Neva Bodin
The word Boer was not in my reservoir of knowledge up until about five years ago. That’s when my grandkids started raising their own kids—Boer kids.
They are a meat goat. But I have a hard time looking at them that way after coming face to face with the little creatures and I “meet” goat. Twins, triplets and quadruplets have been born during the past two years.
While Wikipedia suggests domesticated goats originated in southwest Asia and Eastern Europe, an article on Boer goats says they originated in southern Africa. There are possibly over 300 breeds of goats and they are reportedly one of the oldest domesticated animals, with domestication dating back to 10,000 years ago.
Boers can be almost any color, a common pattern being brown heads and white bodies. This year their daddy had a black head so the triplets favored their daddy.
That being said, I want to merely introduce you to some of the goats I have met during the past five years. Hence, a pictorial tour.
Each year, these goats are groomed, exercised, and trained to stand just so, have their hooves trimmed, hair brushed, shampooed, wear “silkies” and let a judge poke them and watch them parade around the judging arena at the fair. And each year, they have won ribbons, belt buckles and camping chairs as well as cash for the grandkids. And they teach love, loss and responsibility. I wish you could all meet them too!