South African Boer Bok

Autumn Olive Farms is a family based operation in Augusta County. We have a dual focus model with a singular commitment to the health and wellness of the land, animal and the consumer. We raise the beautiful South African Boer Bok as an environmentally sound method to combat the invasive plant species problem while producing one of the finest and healthiest meats in the world right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The combination of the worlds premier, purpose bred and standardized meat goat with the fantastic forage base of invasive species here in the Valley provides a win-win situation for the land, its owner and the consumer.

Friday, October 23, 2009

On the hill......

The Boer Boks are loving their new location on the hill behind the pond. What a site to drive up the first morning and see them all laying on the hill with the three dogs lying amongst them. We met a nice man that was parked across the road just watching and enjoying the scene.

They were all a bit sleepy though. I don't think they slept too well in their new location. It takes a couple of days for them to feel comfortable after they are moved.

Yes, I did say three dogs! We moved Zoe to the new location. It is a much larger area that can handle three dogs. Zoe is our Pyrenees that has untreatable mammary gland cancer. We had planned to breed her to our male Pyrenees x Komondor. She went into heat when she was a year old and developed mammary glands like she had milk. The Veterinarian said the only thing we could do was to spay her and the glands should go down. We had her spayed and her glands never went down and he said she would some day develop cancer. That was three years ago. We took her to the Veterinarian a few weeks ago and he said she now has cancer in her glands and her lymph nodes. She is doing well and he said she probably has a year or two before she can no longer work. We decided we would keep her home and retire her, but she was SO UNHAPPY! She barked and cried day and night. She did not like being here without the goats and other dogs. As soon as we took her to be with the other dogs and goats she was running around and so happy. We will let her continue to be with the herd as long as she can.

Clay took pictures of the new site and you can view them at this link

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