The Boer Goat originates from South Africa, and unlike the majority of goat breeds in Europe which are used mainly as milk producing goats, the Boer is specifically bred as a meat goat.
Boers are short, stocky goats and are usually white bodied with brown heads and long low hanging ears. They have a placid temperament and are attentive mothers, usually giving birth to twins.
The breed is represented in the UK by the British Boer Goat Society where it has a loyal following. The breed is also particularly favoured in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands.