At Lunan Bay Farm, we are currently rearing a high welfare herd of goats, which are based on a foundation of full blood South African Boer genetics, imported from Australia, infused with Scottish Cashmere Goat genetics to ultimately produce a premium, free range meat herd that thrives in our Scottish environment.
Our focus is to continue to produce Scottish goat meat of the highest provenance for our customers, and further promote the ethical production of this sustainable meat. We also import full blood Boer embryos and semen from Australia, sell full blood Boer genetics, live animals and run breeding programs at our farm.
We breed our goats to be naturally heavily muscled with good mothering instincts, that can thrive in our coastal Scottish environment. If bred properly, the South African Boer goat is world’s best breed for producing quality goat meat. No other goat breed can match it for meat to bone ratio, meat quality and carcass configuration.
Originating from South Africa, Boer goats have evolved in arid climates. However, Boers will adapt to colder regions over several generations. During this time, our approach is to cross our Boer goats with a native breed, the Scottish Cashmere goat to produce a hardy, well-muscled meat goat that is more suited to our Scottish climate without compromising on meat quality.
We first got into goats for their environmental benefits. Back in 2014, we approached global Boer experts Celia and Geof Burnett-Smith, who introduced us to the Boer breed and shared their decades of expertise with us. Celia and Geof were pioneers in the Boer goat industry and responsible for introducing the breed to Australia back in the early nineties, and subsequently disseminating Boer goat genetics worldwide. Celia became world renowned as the first female to be awarded the prestige of Senoir Boer Goat Judge by the South African Boer Goat Society and Geof ran a very successful goat meat and global live export business. We are very lucky to have this guidance and mentorship.