Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Boer Goats at Goettingen University

Improved Boer Goats at Department of Animal Sciences, University of Goettingen, Germany

...................................................................by Dr. Lok Nath Paudel
The improved Boer Goat was originated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa through selection from the indigenous goat breeds of the area. This is characterised with the red-headed large framed goat with a white body. It has short and smooth hairs. It is a non-seasonal breeder and, therefore, suits most management systems of many countries of the world. These goats are famous for their multiple kidding abilities. Triplets and quadruplets are fairly common in this breed!
There are about 200 goats in the research farm of the department of animal sciences at Albrecht-Thaer- Weg 3, Goettingen. This farm is especially managed for the research work for the animal scientists. Several researches, e.g., artificial insemination with different technologies, embryo transfer, disease and parasite investigation, etc., are being carried out in the farm. Some scenes of the goats with their stables can be seen in the photos.

Fig 1: A herd of the Boer goats (around 3 months old) in the farm
Fig. 2: Method of restraining the goats in the farm
Fig. 3: Artificial insemination in goat (keeping the frozen semen up to the both horns of the uterus- a new technology developed in the department)
Fig. 4: Adult goats inside the stable
Fig. 5: A PhD student of the department with the farm supervisor in front of the goat stable
-The Boer Goats are famous for:
-The best meat goat of the world
-Well adapted to both intensive and extensive management systems
-Excellent quality skin and white cashmere
-Good browsers that can be used to control bush and weeds
-Low fat meat which is healthy for all people!
-Tender and tasty meat at younger stage
-Multiple births-high fertility and hence high productivity
-A male can weigh up to 25 kg and female up to 22 kg within 100 days after birth
-Average adult weight could be 120 and 80 kg for male and female goats, respectively.
Goat farming is becoming popular in Nepal these days. At present, there are about 7 millions goats in Nepal. Khari goat, which is a local breed, is supposed as the best goat for Nepalese conditions. Government of Nepal with its respective department, regional directorates and district offices has been launching various programs for the income generation of the poor farmers of Nepal. It is a well known fact that men, materials and technologies are the most important resources for any kind of successful production. Khari goat can reach up to 25 kg only after one year of its birth where as Boer goat gets the same weight when it is around four months. Looking the characteristic features of the Boer Goat, keeping the man and technology constant, people can get higher profit from the goat farming if Boer Goat (material) is introduced in Nepal. So, policymakers, researchers and development authorities are humbly requested to think upon this material for the betterment of the goat farming enterprise in Nepal. Fig. 6: A less than 4 month old buck slaughtered for the Dashain festival

Fig. 7: People preparing meat from Boer buck for the Dashain festival !

16 comments:

Sandesh Dhungana (sandeshuk@yahoo.com) said...

Nice article but still i feel more pictures and process methods need to add to make it productive rest you have done wonderfull job by mentioning about Boer. IN Nepal there are few firms, they have started commercial goat farming but still very hard to get boer goat, even Jamanapuri.So they have less success than other countries farmer.As you know There are shortage of knowledge and unaware about the advantages in this sector otherwise instead of going Arab or malaysia to make 10-15 thousand it can help our farmer to make almost 4-5 times more than that money in nepal. In my opinion, we need to share information regarding goat, food, medicine, which you can get in that firm, especially detail technical knowledge about shelters, grass (napier, alfafala), nutrition,breeding, health, that can help other nepalese to involve in this business. As far as I know you can get boer goat only from Bandipur firm in Nepal , if you have more detail on this sector please keep on updating it.

Thank you.

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Anonymous said...

Hi, i´m looking for a breeder of boer goats in Germany, can somebody help me? My email: mani@red-baron.cz

Laila Platz Sheridan said...

In Denmark the boer kids will usually reach up to 30 - 40 kgs by four months even when fed only grass or hay.

Anonymous said...

Good information! I would like to get email address of one of the PhD students or the supervisor of the University Farm for further information.
Boer Goats have been unofficially introduced into Nepal now, although the government policy is still reluctant to allow boar goats into the country with very flimsy arguments.
Even without the the formal policy we have boar goats in Nepal and we want to work on genetic improvement. That is why I would like to exchange views and information with the people associated with Goettingen University. Any contact information would be helpful. I will be in Germany in March and would like to follow up. Thanks.
Dr. Pavitra Jung Rayamajhi, Kathmandu. (email:pjung4@hotmail.com)

ab group said...

i went through all the article and actually i'm also about to start a goat farming for commercial purpose at Hetauda, Nepal. And i'm penetrating through eastern part of the country for collecting Jamunapari breed but saw your article and I'm intrested in this breed too.
So if you can provide me these breed goats....will be waiting for your response..
email me at farms.abgroup@gmail.com

Rabindra said...

Thanks for this information, i am from nepal and i am planing to start goat farm is it possible tofarm this kind of goat in Nepal?please help me i was googling and i saw your this useful article . let me know if any possibilities to buy and farming Boer got in Nepal. my email:baniyarabindra@gmail.com
Rabindra

Utsav said...

What are the basic differences between the feeding practices of Germany and Nepal? In short, what feeding system should be practiced which is suitable to Nepalese environment (Sindhuli)?

And where could we buy a pure boer buck in Nepal? Please reply at:
utsav17@hotmail.com

Any help would be hugely appreciated.

Utsav said...

What are the basic differences between the feeding practices of Germany and Nepal? In short, what type of feeding system should be adopted that is suitable to Nepalese environment?

Also, where can I buy a pure boer buck in Nepal for breeding purpose?

Please e-mail me at utsav17@hotmail.com

Any help will be hugely appreciated.

umeshwar bhandari said...

yo jati ko patha pathi ya biz kathmandu ma kaha kasari prapta garna sakinchha jankari garaidinu hunchha ki...... umsbhandari@outlook.com

umeshwar bhandari said...

yo breed ko patha pathi wa biz kathmandu ma kaha upalabdha hunchha jankari garawnus na........

Shankar Banjara said...

i am planing to start goat farm in eastern Nepal really informative post thanks for sharing

prakash kar said...

hi, i want to start a new farm situated at farwestern development region(Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur)Nepal i have 3 bega of land i don't know all about goat i like your article so please help me and send me the details prakashkarki193@hotmail.com

keshab said...

Thanks for this information, i am from nepal and i am planing to start goat farm is it possible tofarm this kind of goat in Nepal?please help me i was googling and i saw your this useful article . let me know if any possibilities to buy and farming Boer got in Nepal. my email:bkeshabraj@gmail.com
Keshab

keshab said...

Thanks for this information, i am from nepal and i am planing to start goat farm is it possible tofarm this kind of goat in Nepal?please help me i was googling and i saw your this useful article . let me know if any possibilities to buy and farming Boer got in Nepal. my email:bkeshabraj@gmail.com
Keshab

keshab said...

Thanks for this information, i am from nepal and i am planing to start goat farm is it possible tofarm this kind of goat in Nepal?please help me i was googling and i saw your this useful article . let me know if any possibilities to buy and farming Boer got in Nepal. my email:bkeshabraj@gmail.com
Keshab