bale if the forages get too low in a dry spell. Some people think I’m crazy for not keeping a closer eye on my goat herds. I say “they are goats!” They have to be able to survive without me babysitting them or feeding them all the time. It’s how God intended them to live. For me my report card comes around when I see how the mama goats can survive and produce offspring — when we see the frame and muscling our bucks transfer to their offspring, also when I take a load of market kids to my buyer and he grades them out. Remember we are raising meat goats.

The future of any breed is in the hands of the breeder. We make the breeding decisions that determine what our herd will look like 10 years from now. Are we looking for improvement or satisfied with the way things are?

I appreciate the people who did the work to bring the Savanna

goat to America. To them I say Thank You! Now let’s move forward with what they started. Let’s raise the best Savannas possible. If we are doing our job well, then the goats we have born on our farms next year will be better than the ones we had this year. When people ask me about old genetics I respond, “Why would you want to go backwards?”

I want the genetics of the goats I know can thrive in my man- agement program. My first truck when I turned 16 was a 1986 Ford F-250. I really liked that truck when I was 16! And I still have good memories of it, but I now have a 2018 F-150 and I certainly wouldn’t want to trade it and get the ’86 back! So friends let’s keep moving things forward no matter what breed of goat you raise. Let’s make those decisions today that will make for a better goat in the years to come.

(Mitch Sandlin and his family operate Riverside Goat Pro- ducers in Lima, Ohio. He can be contacted via e-mail at riverside- or find them on Facebook.)

New alliance will allow U.S.-born goats into South African Boer

Stud Book — if they qualify By Greg Brooks

It is hard to say how many times I’ve seen pictures from

breeders in South Africa that have received so many comments like “wow, those Savannas are beautiful!”, “I want some of those Kalahari Reds!”, “Can you sneak some of those Boers in your luggage?”, “that’s what we want!”

I myself have often admired the consistency of the South Afri- can Boer Goat breeds. I thought many times how can we make a way to enable those that would like to make a South African Savanna in the U.S. — since it is virtually impossible to import goats from South Africa these days, we would have to do it the same way they did it.


SAVANNA GOATS Located in Central Pa.

Charles & Diane Burkey 570-726-6994/570-660-0850 16 Goat Rancher | November 2020

Heiland Farms

STEP UP TO SAVANNAS John Heilers & Rochelle Boland 440 Walnut Grove Road, Columbia KY 42728

812-639-3208 859-351-1449

Grassfed Beef Savanna Goats

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