The Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Afrikaans (Dutch) word Boer, meaning farmer. The breed is specifically for its meat, therefore providing a better quality carcass.
A few unknown facts about goats
– Goat is the most widely eaten meat globally.
– Goats were the first livestock animals to be domesticated.
– They produce less methane, per kilo of body weight, than cows so are more environmentally friendly.
Goat meat is the leanest meat. Well, believe it or not but fat contained in goat meat is lesser than fat contained in chicken. So, chicken breast is not the only source of low fat protein for your healthy lifestyle, goat meat could be the alternative. Our goat meat is raised on a small farm where the goats are roaming around eating natural forage, containing herbs, various types of grasses and plants that contain natural wormers.
Our herd roams for at least 8 months of the year and is housed in the winter. This allows the meat to grow slowly and develop a better flavour. In the winter when our herd is housed they are fed on high protein pellets and have constant access to hay. We practice excellent husbandry when caring for our animals as the ethics and sustainability of goat meat is a top priority for us, this is another reason why we don’t keep our animals on a zero grazing system.
Goat is a very versatile meat and can be cooked in many ways ranging from a roasted leg, the classic goat curry and even burgers and sausages for BBQ season.
One day in the future we hope more people will realise, not only the health benefits of eating goat meat, but the versatility and sustainability of this fabulous food.