Stour Valley Boer goat herd based on the Essex / Suffolk border close to the
River Stour, deep in Constable country, between the historic old town of
Colchester, Essex and Sudbury, Suffolk made famous by John Constable & Thomas Gainsborough.
We breed full-blood Boer Goats, that is to say, Boers that have never been crossed to any other breed of goat.
We started our herd with young females for our breeding stock from the best Boer Goat breeders in the UK they all have Canadian bloodlines and we imported a 100% South African bloodline Boer Buck from Europe autumn 2011 who we called Sherman of Stour Valley.
One traditional girl and 3 full Red girls came from Nicola Knott (Topknot Boer Goats) who imported Reds from Ram H Breeders in Canada in 2007, believed to be the first (and only) importation of such goats into the UK.
The first breeding season resulted in some very nice females 4 of which we retained within the herd, they have Canadian/South African bloodlines.
We now have a mixture of 100% full Red Boer Does and 100% Traditional coloured Boer Does as well as 2 with a splash of extra colour which we (and others who have visited) find very attractive.
In 2012 Engel Kupers from the Netherlands brought us 2 of his beautiful boys, a young 100% full Red Boer Buck (Red Bull) as well as a 100% Traditional coloured young Buck (Kodiak Jack). Both settled in nicely and although they were quite young we used them for our 2013 breeding with fantastic results.
He also brought us 2 young females, one of which has a KZ bloodline.
We can offer traditional coloured and full red coloured kids and there is a lot of interest in next years kids.
All our goats have free access to grazing during the day and are housed at night with fresh hay that we cut and bale every year from a 10 acre field of untouched, natural meadowland, there is a huge variety of wild flowers and plants, all of which the goats love and do very well on.
We feed them a small amount of goat mix through the winter months when they are pregnant, increasing this in the later stages of pregnancy and through the first weeks of feeding their kids until the grass starts to grow again.
The mix helps to supply them with vitamins and minerals they need with the demands of pregnancy and producing milk for their kids, especially when the wet English winter weather dictates that they have to spend several days inside, we also give them a vitamin supplement and they get free access to copper (red) licks.
We work hard to make sure our goats are the best they can be.
All our goats are regularly wormed, fully Lambivac vaccinated and CAE free.
We are C.A.E. Accredited with the Scottish Agricultural College (SACS) we have been in their C.A.E. program since we started, we give a certificate of of this, issued from SAC, with every sale, we don't need to be tested again until Autumn 2014, we have a closed herd policy to ensure our high health status.