Advice on breeding

How to improve your herd

When you use our quality, full blood bucks on your meat herd of commercial quality does, you will see a rapid improvement over the next two or three generations in the meatiness of your stock. It is the quickest and most cost-effective way of improving the meat production and therefore profitability of your herd.

We have proven this method and can suggest suitable bloodlines that will improve your herd. We can help appraise your existing stock and suggest suitable animals from our herd that will help increase your profitability as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

It is imperative that you choose animals of the highest genetic quality with the highest possible health status, and that this can be proven with documentation. Ensuring you have a carefully monitored feeding plan will help maximise growth rates and drastically improve the health and quality of your stock. At the end of the day it costs the same to keep a poor quality goat for a year as it does a top quality goat so put the best foundations in place.

When you buy stock from us we will happily advise you on management, health and feeding, based on our considerable experience of breeding Boer goats in the UK.

History of the breed

Boer goats are the only specialist meat breed in the world.

Farmers in South Africa used selective breeding to define this weight-carrying breed which was officially established in the 1950s. Good conformation allows the animals to carry a lot of meat, and they can weigh up to 130kg.

During the 1990s there was a large importation of Boer goat genetics to Australia which established the breed there, as well as in New Zealand and the USA.

In the 1960s Boer goats were imported to Europe for the first time, establishing the breed in the UK.


Full blood – these goats can trace their pedigree, in an unbroken line, directly back to South Africa. Their lineage is registered, proving their genetic origin.

Pure blood – this is a definition used solely by the British Boer Goat Society. Pure blood goats are bred by crossing percentage registered Boer goats for six generations, irrespective of quality and trueness of type. This means there may be traces of other goat breeds in their genetic makeup.

Percentage goats – these are goats that have Boer goat genetics combined with other breeds.

Commercial goats – these goats are more suitable for consumption than breeding.

Stud goats – these are the very best examples of the Boer goat breed that have been selected for their meat carrying ability, high growth rate, conformation, temperament and trueness to type. All of the Morley stud quality goats are full blood and can trace their lineage back to South Africa.