The South African meat goat industry (Boer goats and Kalahari Reds) is gathering so much interest that Boer goat clubs can’t keep up with the demand for breeding material.
Due to the widespread drought last season, many farmers were forced to sell their animals, but they have kept ewes to rebuild their flocks.
The demand for rams is increasing continuously. This led to success for many breeders at this years’ auctions, says Joubert Fourie, chair of the Bosveld Boer Goat Club.
“The biggest auction this year for this club was at Polokwane, where Douw van der Merwe obtained the highest price of R38 000 (US$ 2 958) for a Boer goat ram. The average price for rams on the auction was R10 000 (US$ 778) a piece,” he said.
Quattro Boer Goats’ auction also delivered exceptionally results. The stud operation’s breeders, Kobus Lotter, Sakkie Nel, Vaatjie Nel and Johnny Henderson from the Eastern Cape, presented their best animals at the auction in Pretoria, where rams were also in high demand.
The seller of the most expensive ram and ewe on this auction was Kobus Lotter from Willowmore, who received R34 000 (US$ 2 646) for the most expensive ram.
The most expensive ewes were sold for R15 000 (US$ 1 167), R13 000 (US$ 1012) and R12 000 (US$ 934) per animal. The buyers were Jan Richter from Cullinan (ram) and Anton Bothma from Vivo.
“The industry is looking really well at the moment and we expect even more growth in 2018,” Joubert said.
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