knew exactly what to name this buck the first time I unloaded him and got
dragged all the way down the corral. He was like a Bulldog in his
determination to get me to let him loose. I couldn't find the Swahili
word for Bulldog, so I combined the Swahili words for "bull" and
"dog" to come
up with Mbwa Fahali.
Like our other sires, he was
selected because of his fast growth and excellent conformation. This
buck ranked in the top 5% (#7 out of 142 bucks) in growth rate at the 1999
ASU Performance Test. He stands square on his front and rear legs, is
long, and has a perfect bite. The underside of his tail is jet black,
and his horns are set wide apart. At 1 year old he was as large as my
2 year old sires.
Mbwa Fahali has an impressive pedigree
that includes Natural Bridge Boer Goats' Tsjaka and J20, as well as, Downen
Livestock's Ubora. His genetics are 100% South African.
He was born on March 13, 1999 at
Downen Livestock in Early, TX. He spent the summer of 1999 at the ASU
Performance Test, and we purchased him on September 18, 1999 at the Downen
Boer Goat Production Sale. At that point he was 6 months old and
weighed over 145 lbs. After dragging me down the corral, he was let
loose on a select group of our fullblood does, and must have gotten right to
work that evening because 150 days later sets of triplets and quadruplets
started hitting the ground left and right.
The overall quality of his kids is
impressive. The kids produced by mating Mbwa Fahali to Hakuna Matata's
daughters are unbelievable. We sent 4 of his fullblood sons to the
2000 ASU Performance Test, and they gained on average .712 lbs/day making
Mbwa Fahali one of the top sires that year. Over
the years we tested 19 of his sons, and they gained .633 lbs/day, which is
12.8% more than average.
We continued using Mbwa Fahali
through the 2002 breeding season. Shortly after breeding season ended
he developed a case of pinkeye. Although it was a fairly mild case, it
was bad enough to impair his vision. On November 2, 2002 Mbwa Fahali
wandered into the hot wire, and his horn got wrapped around it. He
couldn't get free, and died.