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, April 15, 2011

A Sad day at Autumn Olive Farms...

160 on right foraging at the Frontier Culture Museum.
Our day ended on a very sad note yesterday.  We had to put down the first doe that was born on our farm in NC.  She would have been 6 years old next month.  

Her name was simply 160 which was her tag number.  We referred to her as 160 while we were thinking of a name and 160 stuck.  

160 at two weeks old.

We noticed that she was having a hard time chewing her cud.  After careful examination we discovered that she was missing 2 back teeth on both sides of her jaw.  Clay recalls that he found her chewing on a Hickory nut last fall.  This must have broken her teeth.  A goat has to have a full set of back teeth to properly chew it's cud or it's digestion does not work properly.  In this case there is nothing that can be done.  

160 as a young mother.

160 was a powerhouse of a doe and was a fine example true South African Boer Bok genetics.  She was very hardy and produced many kids for us over the years. She even gave us a set of triplet does this fall. We are thankful that we will have these does to carry on her South African genetic line.  Thank you 160 for 6 great years and all of the kids you produced for us.  Job well done!

160 working as a "Biological Control Agent"

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