Albie Horn - Founder and Kalahari Reds Breeder
ORIGIN OF THE KALAHARI REDS STUD
The Kalahari Red Stud was selected from Red and Red-and-White indigenous African goats of no particular breed. The outstanding qualities of these Kalahari Red goats - hardiness, colour, size and mother abilities were the reason for starting this breed. Breeders have selected and retained these unique qualities for the past 25 years. The Kalahari Reds were improved, and much emphasis was placed on carcass mass and growth rate.
A BREED IN ITS OWN RIGHT
The Kalahari Red is in no way related to any other South African goat. The breed was not selected from animals of any particular breed. Blood tests and genetic distance testing were conducted on the animals of some breeders by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa to determine whether or not it was a separate breed. The test showed no relationship to other South African breeds. This was a condition stipulated for the breed to be registered.
BLOOD TESTS AND GENETIC DISTANCE TESTING HAVE SHOWN THE KALAHARI RED IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO ANY SOUTH AFRICAN GOAT
The breed is registered as a South African land race as well as with Studbook and the Registrar of Sock Improvement The breeders club was then established, and laid out its own standards of excellence for the breed. Breeders who are interested in obtaining breeding material must ascertain that both the animals and the breeder are registered, and that the animals are also Studbook registered. This does not cost anything extra. It does, however, protect the buyer and the KR industry.
Hartebeeshoek Stud Farm lies in the Karoo, a semi desert area in the Republic of South Africa, with a very low rainfall of 8 inches (250 mm) a year. The stud is one of few registered at SA Studbook an Internationally recognized association. Stud information is available. The stud is one of the biggest in the world with 300 ewes. Complete records have been kept for the last 4 generations.