Whalandaw Ravi’s New Home – The Isle of Man
On 9th February 2015 Whalandaw Boer Goats, having gained our accredited CAE status from SAC were able to export our first boer goat buck, Whalandaw Ravi. Whalandaw Ravi was sold to Graham Taylor on the Isle of Man to help improve his herd.
On the Isle of Man there are feral goats some of which heft to farms.
Towards the end of 2014 we were approached by Graham looking for a boer goat buck to put new blood into these feral goats. Breeding these feral goats with the boer goats would put a better meat carcass on the kids and make them more productive for his farm. Graham also has connections with a local butcher who is going to market the goat meat too.
As with anything at first the thought of exporting one of my boer goats was a little daunting as I did not know the procedures to go through. However after a call to Defra, (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs), at Carlisle and then speaking to our vet things actually went quite smoothly.
24 hrs prior to leaving England Ravi had a check up from our vet to ensure he was in good health. He was then taken to the ferry and had a comfortable and safe journey across to the Isle of Man on the ferry. Once in the Isle of Man Graham initially had to place him into isolation for a short while. Within 24 hrs of getting to the Isle or Man and while he was in isolation he had another check up, this time by Grahams vet. The vet was happy that Ravi was still in good health.
Once his isolation was finished Graham then introduced him to his new girls. Graham has since informed me that Ravi is now settled in nicely with his new girls.
We are now looking forward to seeing more pictures of Ravi and next spring seeing the girls and Ravi’s kids.
Thats another first for Whalandaw Boer Goats this year. 2015 is turning out to be a great year for us. With our first set of triplets born in January and then our first export in February. I wonder how many more firsts we can notch up.