The Goat Herd
Our Boer goat herd
We have selected our foundation animals carefully from award winning herds
When we decided on a breed of goats for our farm we had three key factors in mind. The first was that the breed had to be docile and friendly. Although we intended to breed and produce prize winning stock we are primarily a young family holiday destination. The goats have to be nice!
Our second consideration was that we wanted a non dairy and non wool breed.A meat breed was selected to avoid the huge volume of extra work that milking and grooming required.
The last factor was the quality and volume of the meat per carcass that the breed carries. In our opinion the purebreed Boer was far and away the winner. We are reminded every day that our homework has paid dividends. Our herd is docile, friendly, full of characters and excellent examples of the breed.
The Puddleduck herd was founded with four 'in kid' does from the Morley herd in Sussex run by Vanessa and Jan-Ernst Montague.
These does in their first year produced 5 doelings and 3 bucklings (all bucklings castrated). This year we have purchased a young buckling named Kingston from the Beech Hay herd near Kidderminster. Kingston is a 100% Boer buckling with prize winning blood. Both his sire and full brother are award winning.
In late 2015 Kingston finally got to work. We introduced him to his 'job' gently and selected the most gentle and 'experienced' doe we have. Kingston was very excited as you might imagine and performed admirably. After this success Kingston was introduced to the other experienced and first time does. If Kingston and the does have done their job properly we should hear the sound of kid's hooves again at the end of March and throughout April 2016.
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