|To prevent kid
mortalities as a result of an inability to suck,
breeders select specifically for
well-developed and properly attached teats. Generally, newborn kids are
strong and have a strong urge to suck. They herd well and animals flock
together. They breed all year round and will kid three times every two
Kalahari Reds can be used to give indigenous goats a uniform, solid red
colour, with all the unique advantages that this brings. Their earthy colour
provides a good camouflage that protects them from predators. White kids
would be seen easily by foxes, pigs and eagles. They are fully pigmented
and, therefore, able to endure heat and strong sunshine. Their dark coats
and long ears provide good heat resistance and will, therefore, feed for
longer during the heat of the day, which ultimately means higher weight
The commercial goat farmer can cross-breed Kalahari Reds to improve the
carcass mass of indigenous goats. This means more meat per hectare.
They are tall and long, which
gives them excellent mobility. As they are taller than most other goats they
can take advantage of more feed. Their carcass size is similar to the SA
Boer goat. The average weight of a buck is as much as 115kg, while does
reach 75kg. Kids grow fast. In Australia, young kids show weight gains of
1.5kg per week, with some even exceeding 400g per day.
In this photo their are 10 goats - can you spot them? The predators can !!
The two white blobs are the first to be eaten...!
Kalahari x Nubian camouflage could help save your stock...