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About Savanna GoatsAbout Savanna Goats

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Savanna Goats are a high-quality white meat were developed from native South African goats.

For years various south African farmers bred what was then known as white Boer goats for a number of years in South Africa. One of the advantages of these white goats was the fact that the white color is dominant over most other colors. The other reason is that there is a big demand for white goats for slaughter purposes for various reasons.

Savanna Goats were developed from these white Boer goats by the Cillier family of Douglas, South Africa. In 1957, Mrs. Cillier's Griqua servants presented her with the gift of a white buck goat. She purchased five indigenous does with white in their color pattern to breed to him and then selected for white coloration, parasite resistance, and meat production.

Savanna Goats were imported into the United States the late 1990s. When Savanna Goats were first imported breeders noted that the half-Savanna kids got up faster after birth and nursed quicker than other goat breeds.

Savanna Goats closely resemble Boer Goats except in coloration – you can have any color that you want, as long as it’s white. They have excellent reproduction, muscular development, good bones, and strong legs and hooves. Although they have white hair, they are selected for totally black pigmented skin, horns, hooves and all bare skin areas to avoid injury by strong ultra-violet rays. 

Savanna goats are not seasonal breeders and mating can usually be done at any time that will ensure enough feed is available at kidding. They are a very fertile and fecund breed, and a high twinning rate is generally achieved, even under less than optimal conditions. Savanna wethers have a good growth rate and are an early- to medium-maturity type that produces carcasses with good confirmation. 

The does have very good mothering ability and great milk production and produce fast-growing kids. Best of all, they require very little handling and care due to their disease resistance and limited hoof problems. 

Overall, Savanna Goats are hardy and are ideal for low maintenance input operations and can be crossed with Boer Goats and other meat and dairy breeds to increase hardiness and meatiness. Plus Savanna Goats produce plenty of delicious, mild-tasting meat.


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