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.

Nutrition Info

Our Boer Bok is a completely natural raised product.  They live a goat's life, enthusiastically eating what they were meant to eat.  Because of this, we have no need for growth hormones, preventative antibiotics or manufactured feed.  Unlike many, "natural" or "healthy" food products there is no "Flavor Penalty" with the Boer Bok.  "Healthy and delicious?"  Believe it, just look at the comparison below from the Alabama Cooperative Extension website.  

Goat meat has been established as a lean meat with favorable nutritional qualities, and it's an ideal choice for the health-conscious consumer.  Table 1 compares the nutrient values of prepared goat meat, chicken, and other red meats consumed in the United States.  

Table 1. Nutrient Composition of Goat and Other Types of Meat 1,2

Table 1. Nutrient Composition of Goat and Other Types of Meat1, 2
 Nutrient  Goat  Chicken  Beef  Pork Lamb 
 Calories 122  162 179 180 175
 Fat (g) 2.6  6.3 7.9 8.2 8.1
 Saturated Fat (g) 0.79  1.7 3.0 2.9 2.9
 Protein (g) 23  25 25 25 24
 Cholesterol (mg) 63.8  76.0 73.1 73.1 78.2

 [1] Per 3 oz. of cooked meat [2] USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 14 (2001) 

As shown in table 1, goat meat is lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than traditional meats. Less saturated fat and less cholesterol mean healthier red meat for the health-conscious consumer. Additionally, goat meat has higher levels of iron (3.2 mg) when compared to a similar serving size of beef (2.9 mg), pork (2.7 mg), lamb (1.4 mg), and chicken (1.5 mg). Comparatively, goat meat also contains higher potassium content with lower sodium levels. Regarding essential amino acid composition, goat meat closely resembles that of beef and lamb.

Goat meat offers more nutritional value, greater health benefits, and is an ideal choice to be considered as "the other red meat." As the health benefits of goat becomes more widely known among the general population, the demand for alternative low-fat red meat should also continue to increase. For more information on the nutritive value of goat meat you can go to this site: Alabama Cooperative Extension