Our goat breeding operation is overseen by a competent team, led by our livestock manager, who has over 30 years of experience in livestock breeding and husbandry. The breeding programme is one of the most recent additions to our agricultural operation and serves a dual purpose, benefitting both our operation by adding increased diversity and opportunities for our operation, while also providing superior genetics to local, small and medium scale goat breeders, through the sale of our young breeding stock into the local and national market.
We decided to select highly adaptable breeds, which perform well in terms of production, cross-breeding potential and hardiness. We currently breed pure, high quality Boer Goats, which complement our cross-breeding programme, in which we cross Boer Goat and Kalahari Red bucks onto local does. This project is seeing us improving the genetics and production capacity of the local goats, by adding vigour and improved characteristics, inherited from the quality Kalahari Red and Boer Goat bucks, we utilise. We are starting to see the fruits of our labour coming through, with many of our self-bred 2nd and 3rd generation cross animals starting to express their potential.
Our animals are managed in a rotational camp system, to ensure correct utilisation of both browsing and grazing, while reducing reliance on feeding, thus producing goats that are adaptable to many different farming systems and management methods.
The animals we are producing are perfectly adapted to the local climate and environment and are providing massive benefit to our own flocks and the flocks of many goat farmers in the district and further afield, who have invested in Mutanda Farms genetics. Our team monitors all aspects of the operation and can provide assurance of the highest standards being met, regarding our breeding practices and methods and the animals we produce.
We currently sell limited genetics from both our pure and cross breeding programmes and can confidently boast to the success our Mutanda Farms’ bred bucks are having in other flocks.