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n Stockfarm - Harnessing the benefits of the Boer goat - on the farm

Volume 9 Number 12
  • ISSN : 2221-7304

Abstract

Pieter’s stepfather, Nico Botha, was one of the top Boer goat breeders in the country. After his death the stud was divided among his children. Although Pieter’s Woeker Boer goat stud is not the main enterprise on Minnieskloof, it plays a prominent role. The farm’s lifeblood is its Merino stud, but Pieter is a firm believer in diversity. In addition to the sheep and Boer goat stud, he also farms some cattle and dairy goats, breeds Boerboels and has a complete on-farm chicken processing plant. Several free-range chickens add to the mix. “Each animal on the farm is part of the enterprise and must do its bit. The dairy goats had to keep many lambs alive during the drought. The house is surrounded by animals and a number of kraals, so fly control is vital. I don’t like using insecticides in and around the house or near the animals. The chickens are therefore very handy when it comes to fly control,” he explains.

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2019-12-12
2020-10-01

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