Our red girls came from a breeder who imported from Ram H Breeders in Canada in 2007, believed to be the first (and only) importation of such goats into the UK
The Kalahari Red goat is an indigenous goat breed originating from Southern Africa. The history is that the goats had been selected from lop-eared goats that migrated with various tribes to Southern Africa around 2000 years ago.
The prime meat goat breeds in South Africa are the Boer Goat, the Savanna goat and now the Kalahari-Red.
The Kalahari Red is a relatively new breed in terms of recognition and it has now become a very important meat-producing breed in South Africa.
Kalahari Reds have an even pigmentation and so they have a natural resistance to both sun and heat. The red coloration also acts as a much better camouflage to predators.
The original Boer goats were specifically selected to be white goats with red heads, subsequently, some totally red types have evolved.
The red types of Boer goats that have evolved from standard Boers in Australia are labeled “Red Boer” goats. When Red Boer goats are mated to Kalahari Red goats, the progeny are identified as “Australian Red” goats.
All of these categories are considered “full-blood”, i.e. 100% Boer bloodlines, and are accordingly registered by the Boer Goat Breeders Association of Australia (BGBAA).
Genetic variation of three commercial and three indigenous goat populations in South Africa
Genetic differentiation was described using FST values (table not shown), which indicated a clear genetic differentiation between the SA Boer Goat and the Kalahari Red population