27 December 2009

What's the difference between a FULLBREED and PUREBREED and FULLBLOOD goat?

Technically, only the terms PURE BREED and CROSS BREED are used in animal breeding. However, recently the term FULLBLOOD is introduced by BOER goat breeders. Technically, the term PURE BREED refers to the product of two individuals belonging to the same breed. However, BOER breeders currently use the term PURE BREED to goats with more than 87.5% BOER blood.

The term FULL BLOOD refers to a pure breed (primarily Boer) with ancestors of South African origin.

The term IMPROVED (used primarily for Boer goats) refer to individuals with 50-87.5% Boer blood. Please note that this group of animals when used as breeders is likely to produce offsprings of wide variability in both performance and physical characteristics.

CROSS BREED - product of mating between two individuals belonging to different breeds.

by the Boer Goat Breeders Association of

Australia as:

Full blood Boer goats Registered with certificates confirming that both males and females are

descended from registered animals imported from Africa.

Pure bred Boer goats

Progeny of registered males or females joined to fifth cross goats or more.

Cannot be fullblood.

Cross bred Boer goats. Expressed as percentage full blood

Boer as follows:

- F1 = First cross = 50% Boer blood

- F2 = Second cross =75% Boer blood

- F3 = Third cross = 87.5% Boer blood

- F4 = Fourth cross = 93.75% Boer blood

- F5 = Fifth cross = 96.875% Boer blood

F1 males or females usually have horns that sweep backwards and at

least 50% of any specific group will be totally white.

Some animals will show black or brown body colour on a white background.

As purity increases, the male offspring will move towards a Boer red headed

look that should be prominent by the third of fourth cross.

A Boer doe demonstrating typical markings Boer characteristics include large mature

weights, high growth rates and high fertility. Does can be joined from about

200 days of age and reach maturity at about 20 to 24 months.

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