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Kalahari Reds

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-care qualities make the Kalahari Reds a popular choice in areas where farming is less labour intensive.

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-developed and properly attached teats. In Australia, breeders of the indigenous Red Australian Farrels are cross-breeding with Kalahari Reds to produce a uniform red colour and to improve the carcass mass of indigenous Australian goats.


SIZE

The commercial goat farmer can cross-breed Kalahari Reds to improve the carcass mass of the indigenous goats worldwide. They have a very long deep body, which gives them excellent mobility. As they are taller than most of the other goats they can take advantage of more feed. Their carcass size is similar to that of the SA Boer goat. The average weight of a ram is as much as 250 pound, while ewes reach 165 pounds. Kids grow fast. In Australia young kids show weight gains of 3.3 pound per week, with some even exceeding 0,880 pound per day.


COLOUR

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.


HARDINESS

Kalahari Reds are ideally suited to the harsh and outstretched conditions worldwide. In South Africa they are bred in arid, semi-desert areas. To prevail under these conditions animals must be sun-resistant and hardy. Over the years, a natural selection process has ensured that only the fittest animals have survived, and very little artificial selection took place. Their excellent mobility allows them to walk far in search of food and water. They feed on a vast variety of plants. The limited use of vaccines make the production of originally produced meat possible. A further bonus is lean meat with an excellent taste and texture.


MOTHER ABILITIES

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.

In 2000 we decided that the future of the Kalahari Reds and the Ennobled Boer Goat lie overseas. All foreigners request detailed records and we have registered all our stud animals with STUDBOOK.
The past few years a lot of breeding material have been exported to other countries like Botswana, Nigeria, Malaysia; embryo’s have been exported to Australia, Brazil and Malaysia and semen to Malaysia. The Kalahari Reds are in demand all over the world and if you do not want to stay behind in the breeding you must obtain stock from these outstanding bloodlines.


The hard work, ethic and extreme dedication to quality and improvement which inspired Jordania Embryo and Live Export Centre to begin its quest is just what will keep it ahead of the field. For many, many years to come.

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