WORLD FIRST CLONED BOER GOAT GIVES BIRTH

The mother goat licks its newly-born kid the Tianjin Veterinary Research Institute in north China’s port city of Tianjin on November 2, 2005. The kid, the world’s first Boer goat cloned from embryonic cells, was born there at 9:05 a.m. on a Wednesday.

Then 16 months later it gives birth to two of its own kids in the north China’s port city of Tianjin on Thursday, March 29, 2007.

Notice the FILTHY conditions?

THE 5 TYPES OF BOER GOATS

  1. The Ordinary Boer Goats are animals with good meat conformation, short hair and a variety of color patterns.
  2. The Long Hair Boer Goats have heavy coats and coarse meats.
  3. The Polled Boer Goats are hornless with a less desirable confirmation.
  4. The Indigenous Boer Goats have long legs, variable and poor conformation and a variety of color patterns.
  5. The Improved Boer Goats are the primary line which breeders have been selected for.

The breed standards were first established when South African Boer Goat Breeders Association was formed in 1959. The breed standards for the improved Boer goats include conformation, head, neck and forequarters, barrel, hindquarters, legs, skin and coverings, sexual organs, size, coloring, tail, general appearance and type, and fertility.
The breed standards for Boer Goat Breeders’ Association of Australia include those descended from animals imported from Africa as fullblood Boer goats, structurally sound, able to graze and breed naturally, no physical abnormality, conformation (mouth, jaw, leg, and knee), and reproductive organs. Breed standards of American Boer Goat Association are similar to those of South African Boer Goat Breeders’ Association and include conformation, skin and covering, reproductive organs and coloration.

GOAT SKELETON

The above come’s  from the “Archeozoo” website.

Here is the complete reference for use:
- Article URL: http://www.archeozoo.org/en-article134.html
- Image URL: http://www.archeozoo.org/IMG/png/capra_hircus.png
- Draftsman: Michel Coutureau, Inrap
- According to the book: R. Barone, Comparative Anatomy of Domestic Mammals, ed. Vigot, 1976.

Credit to the Archezoo Webmaster

THE MAYSORA

I saw the Maysora loading sheep at Freemantle in early August.

YOUR BUCK IS HALF YOUR HERD

A buck can ruin your herd just as fast as a good carefully chosen buck can improve it. Using him just because he ‘looks good’ does not mean he should be used for breeding. When you are ready to get a buck, be prepared to do some homework and leg work searching for that quality. If you were in Australia locating a quality registered buck of your choice breed is not a big challenge. Here in Sarawak where locally born registered animals are non existent then a good drive around will have to do searching for what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions.

You want to make sure you see at least the buck’s mother, and possibly the father, of any buck you decide on. Look at the mothers udder, because is she has a “bad” udder, those udder genes will be passed on through her son and you really do not want that. Look at both parents conformation. Are they within the requirements of the particular breed you are aiming for? Look at the other offspring the father had sired, is the quality also there? Does he have any birth records? What was his weight at birth? Did the breeder keep any records of his weight gained as he aged?

Remember, that Buck you chose represents your future herd.

FEEDING YOUR GOATS CASSAVA

Cassava seems to help a lot as a natural alternative as a dewormer for the Goats. The strongle egg counts and coccodial oocyt were much lower when fed with foliage from the cassava plant. I must note here that they are also fed with leaves from the Jackfruit tree.

I think that it is evident that gastrointestinal parasite control based on commercially available dewormers are failing because of a natural buildup, evolution and eventual resistance against dewormers. Hence we have to look at natural control as an alternative, if cheaper and hassle free even better.

The leaves are collected by hand and let out to dry (if the sun is out and hot) for at least a day before being given to feed. The quantity is small at one time, perhaps around 4-7 leaves at one time for each animal, once a week. The leave of the Jackfruit is also collected by hand and let to dry too. The Goats seem to prefer these leaves to be really dry, brown bone dry in fact. Our Goats eat these leaves almost daily.

I strongly suggest that if you have access to these plants and want to introduce them to your Goats, please try them out in small quantities first and observe. It will be even better that you collect some ‘goat pellets’ and send them to the lab to do an egg count. After trying out these plants over a period of time retest again.

FEEDING YOUR GOATS

There are many things you can ‘recycle’ from your kitchen ‘waste’. Some of those things are vegetable and fruit cuttings. These range from the orange peels, banana skin, garlic and onion ends, broccoli and cauliflower ends, sweet potato peels, any vegetable stems etc. I normally feed them as treats as and when i have enough to be sure everyone has a small share. You could also feed them old bread which i dry out in the sun, but serve only a very tiny bit for each because there is only a few slices to share amongst so many.

THE BRIDGE IS DONE

Yay! Done!

THE KEBUN BLOCKS

Our Blocks (Goat Houses)

Block A – 24′ x 36′

Block B – 24′ x 48′

Block C – 36′ x 80′

Block D – 18′ x 36′

PADDOCK A COMPLETED

Paddock A completed yesterday. Finally. 2 acres fully fenced in and divided onto 3 sections for rotation. I think the 4 bachelor sheep we placed in this morning as a trial are enjoying themself’s.

Now working on enlarging Paddock C