The Kalahari Red is a meat goat originating in South Africa, not-so-coincidentally, near the Kalahari Desert. This big goat breed is a favorite amongst those who raise meat goats. The breed is hardy and easy to care for.
Kalahari Red enthusiasts will happily proclaim the disease and parasite resistance traits of this large red goat. While the breed thrives in a variety of climates, it excels under the hot desert sun.
Kalahari Red Goat Characteristics
Kalahari Red goat is a very beautiful animal and has similarities in appearance with the Boer goat. It is a large breed of goat with red colored coat (white or light shades of red are not desirable). In their native pasture, the white or light shades of red do not provide as much camouflage from predators.
The Kalahari Red goats also have strong herding instincts for protection as well. They have long, floppy ears. They have loose skin in their neck area. They have 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.
The Kalahari Red goats can be used as a good crossbred for increasing hardiness and carcass size. The bucks are usually larger than the does.
Expert Mothers And Survivors in The Veld
Temperament: Kalahari Reds are known to be calm, gentle, and make excellent mothers, both in their care of young and their protective instincts of flocking well and hiding their kids.
This Kalahari goat buck has a very friendly nature. They are well adapted to free-ranging in the arid to semi-arid savanna in South Africa and the Kalahari Desert. Their strong legs allow them to roam far to seek out varied vegetation. They kid and raise their young out on the veld without human intervention.
Their coloring acts as great camouflage against the red soil of their native land. South African farmers have found their natural ability to conceal themselves a useful deterrent to theft as well as predation. Pigmented skin gives them resistance to strong sunshine. They endure heat and continue to forage during hot weather.