He’s the new “kid” on the block, and already he’s getting lusty looks from the other goaty girls with all that manly facial hair of his!
Hubberoo asked me if I wanted to go shopping the other day.
Me: ” Oooooh! For new shoes?”
“I could always do with another handbag!”
“Even groceries perhaps…”
Hubberoo: “Nope, we’re going shopping for a goat.”
Me: “Oh. Alright, sure, as long as I can buy something!”
Wool and cattle are our main focus on the farm, but we like to dabble in a few other things too, and up here in the hills goats do really well. We have Boer goats, which come in a few varieties. Mostly we have the standard Boer goats, which are characterised with a white body and a brown head.
A few years back we introduced the Kalahari Boer Goat, which has a solid red body.
At the time we thought they would show up better at stock fair, standing out amongst the standard white-bodied goats that are much more common. But these red-bodied ones are not classed as the traditional colour and are not a popular choice in the Xhosa traditional rituals, making them harder to sell.
So we’ve now gone back to the drawing board, and are trying to re-establish the original hallmark brown head white body Boer Goat. Or even more sought after, pure white.
Which is where William comes in.
He’s our newly acquired stud ram. He’s completely white, known as a Savanna Boer Goat, and his pure-white genes are dominant over the red-coat genes. So we’re going to introduce him to all the standard Boer and Kalahari Boer ladies that are eagerly awaiting his arrival.
We thought about calling him Billy. But that was far too unoriginal. Besides he’s such a debonair chap he needed a name that was more fitting.
We went to visit a local Savanna Boer breeder, and the decision wasn’t easy, they were all such handsome specimens. But after a lot of umming and aaring we chose him because he was the biggest out of the youngest rams and had the nicest pearly whites!
Not to mention his manly stature…
Hello ladies! Let me show you my Tom Jones chest hair…