It has come to the attention of Boer Goats SA that three advertisements placed under the “Classified Adverts” link on our website are scams and users are urged to avoid the person in question. The adverts are those as shown in the attached image. A criminal case has already been opened at the SAPS against the perpetrators and we hope and trust that they will speedily be brought to account.
The scammers seem to be operating from Durban and Upington under the name of Victoria Lindsay Pty (Ltd) with a “head office”at 84 Random Streets (sic), Upington. Contact numbers are 071 033 036 and 071 797 4595. The person answering the phone claims to be Anthony.
We urge all users and visitors to always use their common sense and proceed with caution when dealing with any unknown parties. As with many things in life, it pays to know who you are dealing with and that the party has some form of reputable track record before any financial transaction is entered into. We are always available for visitors to alert us to these scams at the earliest opportunity so that this curse can be combatted whenever it is encountered.
Boer Goats SA wishes to express its sympathy with the parties that have been affected and trust that justice will prevail.
Commercial Boer Goat farmers are questioning the high prices being paid for stall-fed animals supposedly hardy and adaptable, only to see the “meat-carrying” capacity of the goats melt away once they are put onto natural veld grazing under extensive conditions. While some may argue that poor animal husbandry practices play a role – and this is indeed so in certain instances – there are too many cases being reported to make this an isolated instance. While producers understand the need to round-off sale animals, the feeling is that overfeeding at the expense of functional efficiency is unacceptable.
The Boer Goat has been bred to perform under extensive conditions with minimal inputs. Boer Goats are marketed as hardy, adaptable animals delivering high kidding percentages. Clearly this is no longer the case with many of the animals being sold to commercial breeders for top prices. The tendency among stud breeders to stall-feed animals in pursuit of non-sustainable sale prices and auction status, is a dangerous path to follow. The end result will be a proliferation of sub-standard Boer Goat genetics, to the detriment of the core value and health of the Boer Goat industry in South Africa. This will be a sad day for the breed indeed.
The following email was recently received from an unhappy Boer Goat farmer in Botswana:
“These are the plastic goats I discussed with a South African Boer Goat breeder on a visit to Botswana recently. I am closely following related discussions on the www.boergoats.co.za website as our commercial farmers are battling the same problem. This buck was bought for R15000 (exl vat & vet charges) from a well-known breeder in June 2013. A mere three months down the line the buck has changed to the version in the photo at right. The buyer is desperately trying to feed it without any improvement. This is disturbing and I am afraid desperate farmers in Botswana and other less advanced farming areas are still to be ripped off with these price-inflated and overfed animals. This is not right.”