These goats have developed naturally towards functional efficiency; and the basis for every breeder’s selection should be for natural functional efficient animals, with the emphasis on fertility, femininity and masculinity.
They are exceptionally fertile, even from a young age, Indigenous Veld Goat ewes are known for their extraordinary mothering abilities and will fiercely protect their offspring and themselves with their sharp efficient horns They have non-seasonal breeding patterns; and have a long productive lifespan. Ewes have good milk production; and can easily feed twins or even triplets Indigenous Veld Goats have a very strong herding instinct, this help to protect them from predators, they will even fight them off with their sharp and efficient horns (horns also aids them in getting access to food, and to scratch at external parasites like ticks - naturally polled goats do occur; but very rarely) They are antelope like with a lively posture and are alert They are mobile and light-footed, with lean, long shapely legs “to move with ease and to walk long distances Indigenous Veld Goats are adaptable and less susceptible to tick borne diseases (like heartwater), more parasite tolerant, and are generally more drought and disease resistant - lower maintenance costs. They can either browse (±60%) or graze (±40%) on a wide variety of plants, shrubs and grasses, and have the potential to select for a higher quality diet over a short time, and can obtain nourishment from average forage quality A slightly sloping rump and very slight cow- or sickle hocks, (usually more in ewes) is characteristic of Indigenous Veld Goats (aids towards giving birth) They have a relatively thick and generally good pigmented skin, with good pigment on the vulnerable parts (head, ears, muzzle, chest, back and lower legs), to protect them from the sun.
They have a wide variety of colours and colour patterns “which helps towards camouflaging and make them difficult to be spotted by predators. Most indigenous goats grow cashmere between their hair in the cold winter season to protect them, in summer they shed this woolly cashmere. Due to their hard, good pigmented hooves, there is almost no sign of growing claws (except maybe in very sandy areas) [growing claws influence the pastern joints “strong pastern joints aids in mobility] Their meat is succulent with good flavour and is very low in cholesterol.