Boer that passes inspection, it can be designated a Kalahari Red and added to the Stud Book. So, while imports of Boer goats and Kalahari Reds from South Africa are unlikely in the foreseeable future, Amer- ican breeders can create their own South African-designated animals. Having said that, Conrad explained that it is critically important that although animals are registered in SA they must be bred, selected and culled not only to comply to SA Standards, but most certainly to be able to survive, thrive, be fertile and produce those extra pounds of meat in the diverse climatic regions of the U.S. “Importation of goats from South Africa is impossible because of disease restrictions,” said Chris Luton of Luton Meat Goat Co. in Indiana, one of the largest Savanna producers in the nation. “Through the Alliance, I can now raise South African-designated Savannas here in the U.S.”

This has several advantages, according to Luton. “Even if we could import animals, it would be very expensive to ship and quarantine them,” Luton said. “Plus, I can now have South African Savannas that are born and adapted to our Midwest climate — they will have a better chance of survival.” The Alliance is just what the Savanna industry in the U.S. needs, Luton added. “Now, if I have a good enough Savanna buck or doe, a South African judge can give them a South African designation — regard- less of their current registry status — as long as they meet the South African standards.”

Registry status for Savannas has been somewhat fractured over the years with no less than four registries competing for business in the relatively small national herd — with some registries accepting transfers from other registries and others not. South African and Al- liance rules require their associated organizations to be inclusive of

Conrad Herbst, left, and Chris Luton have worked together for several years to make the U.S.- South Africa Alliance a reality.

all breeders. The Alliance will not try to replace or compete with any U.S. registry services. It plans to work with them. The American Savanna Registry — now working under the newly formed American Meat Goat Registry umbrella — is already developing plans to incorporate Alliance/South African designations on its pedigrees, said Rob Phelps, who with his wife, Lori, own the registry. Luton and other Savanna breeders look for the Alliance to be a big boost to the Savanna industry. The Alliance also is getting a lot of interest from U.S. Boer breeders looking to get the South African designation for their tradi-

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