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Hakuna Matata means "no problem" in Swahili, and as you can tell from his pictures he is appropriately named. Hakuna Matata has it all. He has great conformation, a fast growth rate, heavy muscle, looks impressive, and most importantly for a herd sire, passes those traits to his offspring.

His pedigree is full of famous show winning goats that helped build and improve the Boer Goat breed in South Africa and the USA. Goats like Nico Botha's 007, and Downen Livestock's Ubora, Big 85, Lobola, and 519.  There are 4 ennobled goats on his pedigree.  His genetics are 100% South African.

He was born on March 20,1998 at Downen Livestock in Early, TX. At the age of 2 months and a weight of 52 pounds he was taken to the 1998 Meat Goat Performance Test at the Angelo State University Management, Instruction and Research Center. At the end of the test on September 2, 1998 he weighed 109 pounds, an average daily weight gain of 0.68 pounds per day.  Only 17 of the other 260 bucks on test gained weight quicker. His ribeye area was measured at the conclusion of the test by ultrasound at 2.112 square inches. Only 11 of the other 260 bucks had a larger ribeye, and most of those were bigger, older 
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goats (the goats at the test were born between January 1, 1998 and March 31, 1998).

On September 19, 1998 we bought Hakuna Matata and his brother Mbuzi Mbaya at the Downen Livestock 4th Annual Boer Goat Production Sale. They were both 6 months old. After a couple of weeks to allow them to get acclimated to their new home, we turned each of them out with a group of approximately 25 does. We kept Hakuna Matata penned during the day and let him run with the does every night for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks we let him rest.

On his first birthday we weighed him again, and he tipped the scales at 229 pounds. That works out to an average daily weight gain of .61 pounds per day everyday of the first year of his life. Not bad considering he had to endure several changes of address, bred 25 does, and at one point had a severe lice infestation.

We used Hakuna Matata during 4 breeding seasons, and he produced many fine animals that remain in our herd.  Over the years we tested 13 of his sons, and on average they gained .568 lbs/day on test.  He died on June 24, 2002 after developing a serious case of pneumonia. 
Having A Barbecue? Hakuna Matata
Hakuna Matata was almost 10 months old when these pictures were taken. He normally stands a little taller and prouder than he is in these pictures, but he wouldn't cooperate so I had to chase him around the pen and tether him to the fence to take these pictures (with the exception of the rear view above). At least he stopped panting and hanging his tongue out before I took these shots. Below is a more recent photo taken on August 1, 1999 when he was 16 months old. What a difference 6 months can make!