The Boer, a goat breed developed in South Africa, is perhaps the most popular breed used for meat production. Its name comes from an Afrikaans word boer, which means farmer. Known for being versatile on different terrains, these goats are commonly used for land maintenance and controlling bush encroachment on grasslands and woodlands. A fast growth-rate and high fertility are the characteristics that set this breed apart in the meat goat industry.
The Anglo-Nubian or simply Nubian is a breed of large domestic goats bred for milk and meat. Originated in England, these multi-purpose animals are distinguished by their large, drooping ears. They are widely distributed across the world and are exported to over sixty countries for their high productivity.
The Saanen, named after the Saanen Valley in the Bernese Highlands, is the largest domestic goat breed of Switzerland recognized by its pale skin, erect ears, and a somewhat concave or straight face. It is exported throughout the world and used for producing several local variants, including the Banat White, Russian White, Israeli Saanen, French Saanen, and British Saanen. Because of its light skin coloration, it is sensitive to direct sunlight and thrives in cooler conditions.
The Lamancha, also known as American Lamancha, is a breed of famous dairy goats easily distinguishable by their unique small ears. They have rapidly gained popularity for their high milking ability and loving temperament, not only in the US but also internationally. Because of their distinctive appearance, Lamanchas are used as breeding and show animals. Their intelligence and friendly nature make them a suitable pack or cart animals, as well as loving companions.
Alert and graceful, the Alpines are a domestic breed of medium- to large-sized dairy goats known for their outstanding milk output, mild temperament, and long lactation period. They are quite hardy and can adapt to any climate, maintaining superior production and good health. The French Alpines are larger and slenderer than the Swiss Alpine goats.
Oberhasli is a type of American dairy goat which descended from the Chamois Colored Goat from the Oberhasli district in central Switzerland. The breed was initially known as Swiss Alpine until purebred herds were developed and maintained. The Swiss Alpine variety interbred with other types of Alpine goats.
Charollais sheep is a medium to large domestic sheep, originally from east central France. It has gained huge popularity internationally as a provider of high-quality meat.
The Australorp Chicken is a breed of large fowls that was developed in Australia. This is known to be a very hardy breed, being one of the largest heritage utility breeds of chicken. However, a bantam variety of the breed is also found. Other than being a dual purpose breed (meat and eggs), they are also equally popular as ornamental birds for their vibrantly-colored feathers and good looks. Farming and taking care of these birds is easy since they can bear confinement well and are resistant to most of the common poultry diseases.
The Cheviot Sheep is a dual-purpose breed, being raised primarily for meat and wool. This breed gets its name from a range of hills of the same name in north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. A distinctive feature of the breed is that both male and female Cheviots are in constant demand for breeding purposes. Even to this day, the rams have proved to be good crossing sires for the production of lambs, especially with other hill breeds.
The Duroc Pig is a breed of red domestic swine that developed in the United States. It is a highly popular meat breed, and its farming is known to be very lucrative to the farmers. This breed also served as a foundation stock to quite a few mixed-breed commercial hogs in recent times.