About Savanna Goats
Savanna Goats are high-quality meat goats that 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
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.
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,