Enfield farmer Owen Booth with his Supreme Champion Boer
Goat at the Canterbury A&P Show last month. Photo
Goats are great for North Otago farmer Owen Booth, no
Mr Booth won the Supreme Champion Boer Goat award at the
Canterbury A&P Show last month.
Far from the creatures getting his goat, Mr Booth says he
''They are a great animal to work with,'' Mr Booth said.
''They are relatively intelligent ... and they enhance your
Mr Booth started farming boer goats in 2005, but has had
angora goats since the 1980s and has been a lifelong lover of
''I have been involved in farming most of my life,'' he said.
''It's been my passion for my whole life.''
Mr Booth runs 114 boer goats on 21ha of hill country in
Enfield, near Oamaru.
''We had our first kidding in 2006. I started off on Landcorp
does back then,'' he said.
''I felt I reached a point in genetics that they were as far
as they would go.''
He imported 15 does and a buck from Australia about a year
ago and the return in genetics had been apparent with the
success he had been having at shows, he said.
Mr Booth said he was ''extremely pleased'' with the award at
the Canterbury A&P Show.
''It certainly gives us satisfaction with where we are
heading with our animals.''
He saw the potential in the industry. However, more supply of
boer meat was required to meet existing demand.
''It's a growing industry. There's huge potential out there.
We just need to get the numbers up,'' Mr Booth said.
''Being the more multicultural country that we are now it's
creating extra demand. The average Kiwi hasn't really eaten
goat meat, but once they have they can't believe how tasty
and tender it is.''
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