The Kalahari Red goats are amongst the most craved goat breeds in Africa. Bred for meat purposes, they are distinctive and genetically special goat breeds originating from South Africa, like other high quality breeds such as the Savana and Boer.
The name emanated from their red coat and the Kalahari desert, which spans the border of Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.
This goat breed is getting more recognition, and many populations of the Kalahari red goats are being adopted in Nigeria and in many nations, including Australia, Brazil and the United States, due to its unique qualities, including the tenderness of its meat, the camouflage, the hardiness and more.
Here are some of the top reasons why the Kalahari Red goats are being reared, and are considered as important in Nigeria – their characteristics;
They have long, floppy ears, loose skin in their neck area and moderately-sized, sloping horns above their ears. Their skin is fully pigmented, which allow them to forage and increase weight gains through the heat of the day. The does have full and properly attached udders and teats (Roysfarm). Their earthy colour makes them less visible to predators (Embryoplus)
Kalahari Goat Meat Nutritious Values
The meat is so nutritious with a nice texture. It contains a higher percentage of iron than its rivals.
The percentage of protein it possesses matches that of the beef, while also containing the least percentage of fat and saturated fat, when compared to other animals reared for meat purposes.
Raising Kalahari Red goats
Raising these goats can be less stressful. These goats are truly African in nature, due to their survival instincts and readiness to adapt to any condition and habitats. They display wide-grazing capabilities, and can feed on various types of plants, grass and grains, when compared to sheep. They are good protectors of their offsprings, and they are resistant to various internal and external inflicting parasites.
Kalahari Red Goat Farming in Nigeria
These breeds are readily available by varieties of goat suppliers in Nigeria. If you are one, let us know in the comments section. Interested in goat farming? Click here to read on how to start goat farming in Nigeria.
Why you should consider rearing them
The goat meats are usually in high demand in specific areas of the country, and they grow relatively fast. This goat breed is very suitable for commercial goat farming business.
More Economic Values
Skin from the Kalahari Red provides the best leather material for the tannery industries. This, if properly harnessed for international trade, has a great potential as a foreign exchange earner and can put Nigeria in an enviable position in the global leather industry.
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