After having achieved good success in the boergoat breeding we took the challenge of breeding a new variation of colour and the Kalahari Reds were developed. Interest in the Kalahari Red breed is widespread, and has come from a far afield as Australia, Brazil and the USA. The hardiness of the breed, its excellent walking ability and good mothering attributes make it ideally suited to the harsh conditions predominant in large parts of South Africa, Australia, Brazil and the USA.
The animals are fully pigmented and therefore able to endure heat and strong sunshine, while their earthy colour serves to camouflage them from predators. Kalahari Reds are less susceptible to diseases and need to be inoculated and dosed far less than other breeds. All of theses easy-
Breeders select Kalahari Reds for their natural qualities and for functional effectiveness. The ewes are fertile and produce plenty of milk. They both lamb and raise their kids in the veld. Breeders tend to select specifically for twins, which are normally of equal strength.
To prevent kid mortalities as a result of an inability to suck, breeders select specifically for well-
The commercial goat farmer can cross-
Kalahari Reds can be used to give goats worldwide 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 they will therefore feed for longer during the heat of the day, which ultimately means higher weight gains.
Kalahari Reds are ideally suited to the harsh and outstretched conditions worldwide. In South Africa they are bred in arid, semi-
Ewes have excellent mothering instincts, and lamb right in the veld and raise their kids there. No laborers are needed to assist ewes to find their young. In South Africa selection is made strongly in favour of these attributes because kids that are properly cared for by their mothers will do likewise for their own progeny. Through natural selection processes, only the fittest mothers have survived. The ewes are fertile and produce plenty of milk, and as a result, the kids grow fast. Breeders select for twins that are usually of equal strength. 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 in two years.