American Red developers have been gathering some of the best red Boers from breeders across the U.S. to incorporate into the new program. Here they come: The American Reds By Chris Luton

Here come the “AMERICAN REDS”. This project will utilize the same method and criteria that all the imported breeds that the American goat raisers have started their registries, associations and meat goat industries from. Our vision is a live- stock-designed, field and range hardy meat goat that has muscle definition with a mod- erate to semi-heavy bone and “Red”. Our Boulder Hill Farm composite American Red will use proven, no-compro- mise, solid red Boer sires over Boer, Savanna and Kiko cross mommas. Critical selection and vicious culling will be our steering wheel. The best bucklings, graded at 12 months, will be crossed over their half- sisters. The foundation sires will be used over all selected foundation mommas. From these groups — using critical selection — our nu- cleus will be formed.

Each producer can build his American Red composite from whichever breeds they so desire. Once these producers have their programs well enough along, American Red breeders can swap genetics within the overall program.

The same way each breed was devel- oped, so shall the American Red be devel- oped. The future AMGR will be tracking pedigrees for the American Red producer with many performance tools available. Like red goats? Jump aboard. It’ll be a winner for hobby breeders and producers alike. NOTE: We’re working with a number of producers who are giving their input from livestock experience on breed development.

Red Boer sires can be crossed with Boer, Savanna and Kiko females to develop the composite.

As we get closer on breed standards and the working of this program to be breeder friendly, we’ll create an easy to read state- ment and educational pamphlets. Finally, here at BHF as we develop the American Red as our target, the goal will be to aim at South African Kalahari Reds within our American Red herd. So, we’ll always be aiming at the phenotype of the SA Kalahari Red, but never compromising the livestock production animal with the American Red. (Earlier this year, the South African Boer Goat Breeders Association formally recognized the US-SA Boer Goat Breeders Alliance as the official South African Boer Goat, Kalahari Red and Savanna goats rep- resentative in the U.S. The Alliance is the only legal representative of the three breeds that will be allowed by the South African Stud Book and Animal Improvement Asso- ciation to have animals formally registered into the SA Stud Book register. For more in- formation, contact Conrad Herbst at con- A fantastic, range hardy red goat might be missing something within its phenotype to make it a Kalahari Red but will function perfectly as a livestock performer within the American Red.

Therefore, the value is kept at a profit- able place by being a commercial livestock American Red and will be increased if the animal makes the SA Kalahari Red. It’s a win-win.

As we continue to develop this program we will educate others to build their own American Red program. There are some beautiful Red Boers here in the USA and the Boer breeders have been fantastic as we acquire animals for our program.

(Chris Luton operates Luton Meat Goat Co. and raises Savannas, Kikos and American Reds on Boulder Hill Farms in Stendal, Ind. He can be contacted at 812-483- 6780 or e-mail

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