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The Association was formed in 1989 to create and maintain a stud registry for the breeding of Boer goats in New Zealand and held its first annual general meeting in Auckland in 1993 with 12 members present. Over the proceeding years the NZBGBA has developed a Strategic Plan with the following objectives:

  • Promote the breeding of Boer goats in New Zealand

  • Promote the production of meat by Boer goats in New Zealand.

  • Supply of information for the farming of Boer goats in New Zealand.

To liaise with other meat industry partners so the NZBGBA has participation in the development of the goat meat industry in New Zealand.

The Boer Goat is purely indigenous to Africa and more so to South Africa. With the development and enobling of the Boer Goat , no cross-breeding or foreign species were used. In fact only by means of brilliant selection and breeding from indigenous animals this enobled race was developed.

This extraordinary achievement was the work of a handful of farmers from the Eastern Cape in South Africa. One of the pinnacles in the history of the Boer Goat was the establishment of the South African Boer Goat Breeders Association in Somerset East on the 4th July 1959.

What followed was a continued improvement of an already existing breed by a broad spectrum of highly qualified and valued breeders throughout South Africa following a healthy breeding policy. In this relatively short period of 48 years, the Boer Goat has developed into the most favoured meat goat in the world, producing a low calorie, heart friendly meat.

Landcorp:
Landcorp imported the Boer goat into New Zealand in embryo form. These were purchased from breeders in Zimbabwe and brought to New Zealand for implantation in 1987 and 1988. The goats born from these embryos created the base of the New Zealand Boer goat herd farmed by Landcorp at Keri Downs Quarantine Station in Northland. In 1989 Landcorp created a second herd of Boer goats at Eyrewell Quarantine Station in Canterbury. Goats created from breeding programs at these Quarantine Stations were released to the farming public in 1993.

African Goat Flock:
A second company also imported embryos from Zimbabwe in 1987 and started a breeding programme in a Quarantine Station at Flock House. Animals from this Quarantine Station were also released in 1993.

The Boer Goat has much to offer the New Zealand Goat Meat Industry.It is suitable for a wide range of pastoral conditions. Boers under good management will reach carcass weights of 14-18kg at eight months of age.With it's high fertility, rapid growth rate and quality carcass conformation combined with the Boers ability to maintain economic production for six years or longer make the Boer Goat a valuable commodity.

The Boer is suited for use in cross breeding programs to improve meat characteristics in feral or weed control goats. Even on the first cross the carcass size is considerably increased. The Boer is also suitable as a terminal sire in dairy or fibre goats. In an increasingly health conscious world, demand in New Zealand and overseas for low fat, low calorie Boer Goat Meat is strong and growing with increasing returns for the farmer.

The Boer or Boer cross goat is an effective alternative aid in the fight against weeds. Goats are browsers and are excellent at controlling blackberry, gorse, broom, thistles, ragwort, etc and with the removal of these weeds, pasture quality is improved for other livestock use. Recent trials have shown that Boer goats can utilise land that is not suitable for other livestock so therefore in an extensive farming operation, total stock units can be increased thus giving a better financial return for the farm.

The Boer Goat - Extracts from history

The Boer Goat is purely indigenous to Africa and more so to South Africa. With the development and enobling of the Boer Goat , no cross-breeding or foreign species were used. In fact only by means of brilliant selection and breeding from indigenous animals this enobled race was developed.

This extraordinary achievement was the work of a handful of farmers from the Eastern Cape in South Africa. One of the pinnacles in the history of the Boer Goat was the establishment of the South African Boer Goat Breeders Association in Somerset East on the 4th July 1959.

What followed was a continued improvement of an already existing breed by a broad spectrum of highly qualified and valued breeders throughout South Africa following a healthy breeding policy. In this relatively short period of 48 years, the Boer Goat has developed into the most favoured meat goat in the world, producing a low calorie, heart friendly meat.

Arrival of the Boer Goat in New Zealand

Landcorp:
Landcorp imported the Boer goat into New Zealand in embryo form. These were purchased from breeders in Zimbabwe and brought to New Zealand for implantation in 1987 and 1988. The goats born from these embryos created the base of the New Zealand Boer goat herd farmed by Landcorp at Keri Downs Quarantine Station in Northland. In 1989 Landcorp created a second herd of Boer goats at Eyrewell Quarantine Station in Canterbury. Goats created from breeding programs at these Quarantine Stations were released to the farming public in 1993.

African Goat Flock:
A second company also imported embryos from Zimbabwe in 1987 and started a breeding programme in a Quarantine Station at Flock House. Animals from this Quarantine Station were also released in 1993.

Outstanding Characteristics of the Boer Goar

The Boer Goat has much to offer the New Zealand Goat Meat Industry.It is suitable for a wide range of pastoral conditions. Boers under good management will reach carcass weights of 14-18kg at eight months of age.With it's high fertility, rapid growth rate and quality carcass conformation combined with the Boers ability to maintain economic production for six years or longer make the Boer Goat a valuable commodity.

The Boer is suited for use in cross breeding programs to improve meat characteristics in feral or weed control goats. Even on the first cross the carcass size is considerably increased. The Boer is also suitable as a terminal sire in dairy or fibre goats. In an increasingly health conscious world, demand in New Zealand and overseas for low fat, low calorie Boer Goat Meat is strong and growing with increasing returns for the farmer.

The Boer or Boer cross goat is an effective alternative aid in the fight against weeds. Goats are browsers and are excellent at controlling blackberry, gorse, broom, thistles, ragwort, etc and with the removal of these weeds, pasture quality is improved for other livestock use. Recent trials have shown that Boer goats can utilise land that is not suitable for other livestock so therefore in an extensive farming operation, total stock units can be increased thus giving a better financial return for the farm.

SHOW & EVENTS

There are no available show dates at this time.

New Zealand Accredited Judge - Level 1

Guy Bassett

bassettag@outlook.com
03 318 3665

Jenny Bassett

bassettag@outlook.com
03 318 3665

Ian Booth

03 481 1316

Owen Booth

boothao@xtra.co.nz
03 434 5536

Wyn Cruickshank

03 449 3112

Annabelle Hampton

cahampton@xtra.co.nz
03 614 3330

Chris Hampton

cahampton@xtra.co.nz
03 614 3330

Philippa Loughhead

amberfieldboers@gmail.com
03 314 8184

New Zealand Accredited Judge - Advanced Level

Stephen Andrews

boergoats@nzboer.co.nz
09 235 3765

Warwick Ferguson

ferg2@slingshot.co.nz
027 496 4777

Show Dates

There are no available show dates at this time.

Judges

New Zealand Accredited Judge - Level 1

Guy Bassett

bassettag@outlook.com
03 318 3665

Jenny Bassett

bassettag@outlook.com
03 318 3665

Ian Booth

03 481 1316

Owen Booth

boothao@xtra.co.nz
03 434 5536

Wyn Cruickshank

03 449 3112

Annabelle Hampton

cahampton@xtra.co.nz
03 614 3330

Chris Hampton

cahampton@xtra.co.nz
03 614 3330

Philippa Loughhead

amberfieldboers@gmail.com
03 314 8184

New Zealand Accredited Judge - Advanced Level

Stephen Andrews

boergoats@nzboer.co.nz
09 235 3765

Warwick Ferguson

ferg2@slingshot.co.nz
027 496 4777

MEMBERS DIRECTORY

NZ Boer International
1304A Glenbrook Rd, RD1, Waiuku 2681
09 235 3765
boergoats@nzboer.co.nz

Kakariki Goats
92 Gridley Road, RD 8, Te Puke, 3188
07 573 5288
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BoerCoNZ
26 Goile Rd, RD1, Hamilton 3290
07 829 3110
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What A Boer
90 Tapps Roads, RD 1, Havelock, 7178
03 5742408 or 0275443326
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Alpha Boers
2 Killarney Road, Alexandra 9392
03 446 8680

Avonlea Boers
1689 State Highway 85, Chatto Creek, Alexandra
03 2171366
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Highlander Boers
25 McGrath Road, RD1, Waikouaiti, Otago
021 228 2950
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Booth Boers
PO Box 13011, Green Island, Dunedin
03 481 1316

Rosehip Boers
56 Shannon Street, Alexandra, 9340
021 339 055
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2 Killarney Road, Alexandra 9392
03 446 8680 or 027 231 4179

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319 Felton Road, Bannockburn, RD2 Cromwell
03 445 0885
Gareth@FeltonRoad.com

Whitestone Boers
136 Scott Road, RD1 Milton 9291
03 432 4028
boothao@xtra.co.nz

Drybreed Boers
42 Ventry Street, Alexandra
03 448 8125
bjwills2@slingshot.co.nz

De Boers
1238 Two Chain Road, RD 5, Rangiora 7475
03 312 0544
jacky@jdb.co.nz

Browns Rock Boers
619 Browns Rock Road, RD 1, Oxford 7495
027 326 8667
lee.tracey@farmside.co.nz

Coopers Crossing Boers
802 Rangitata, Orari Bridge Highway, RD22 Geraldine 7992
03 693 7947
ang.mcsweeney@hotmail.com

Jaeger Boers
Lanacare, Tramway Rd ,RD1 Darfield 7571
03 318 3665
bassettag@outlook.com

Thorny Acres
556 Little Akaroa Rd, RD3, Akaora 7583
03 304 8720
rowanwag@gmail.com

Amberfield Boers
241 Lawcocks Road, RD1, Amberley 7481
03 314 8184
amberfieldboers@gmail.com

Winterfold Boers
PO Box 273 Rangiora 7440

winterfoldboers@yahoo.com

Waterton Boers
Belmont Station, RD14, Cave
03 614 3330
cahampton@xtra.co.nz

Garing Wylaars
25 Buxtons Rd, Lyttleton 8082
03 328 9529
jozefa.wylaars@synapsys.co.nz

Crusader Boers
636 Poyntzs Road, RD6, Rangiora,7476
03 312 0012
gtmoore@farmside.co.nz

Alpine View Boers
745 Two Chain Road, Swannanoa, RD6, Rangiora 7476
03 312 0509
roger@accesslocks.co.nz

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