THE GIEZENTANNER FARM

Full CODI/PCI Boer Goats- The Best Of The Old Full South African Bloodlines: Top Pedigrees, Low Maintenance, High Quality, & Very Hard To Find.
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What Does CODI/PCI Mean?

In 1994, Jurgen Schultz, an exotic animal importer, had a vision to bring some of the finest Boer Goats in South Africa to the United States. In order to make this dream come true, he sought out a few wealthy people to help fund the operation. With this backing, he then went to South Africa and spent 6 months traveling over 22,000 miles crisscrossing the country, so that he could inspect goats at as many major herds as he could. Mr. Schultz was VERY picky and carefully hand chose 400+ of the very best Boer goats available from these goat herds. He was even able to purchase some that were the "Best of the Best" and supposedly not for sale at any price. Due to the buying power of the American Dollar at that time, Jurgen Schulz paid an average price of $25-$50 in US currency for each of the Boer goats he purchased from South Africa breeders. These goats met or surpassed all of the South African Boer Goat breed standards at that time and came from the breeders who had helped to develope the Boer goat since the early part of the 1900’s.

After these 400+ South African Boer goats had all been chosen, they were then brought to Tollie Jordaan‘s South African ranch so that Mr. Schulz could use his exporting company, C.O.D.I. (Camelids Of Delaware, Inc.), to fly them directly back to the United States. Pet Center International (P.C.I.) handled all of the customs paperwork and got clearance for the shipment. The animals were divided into groups and two different loads were planned to be flown back to the US. The first planeload contained over half of the group of  handpicked Boer Goats. The second planeload contained the remainder of the group of  CODI/PCI Boer goats, but it did not recieve clearance, and those animals never made it into the US. Each goat that arrived in America received a yellow triangle ear tag with the acronym “CODI/PCI” appearing on it. This group of Boer goats soon came to be referred to as “CODI/PCI”or "CODI's", and the name caught on. All of these goats, which consisted of Traditional Boer Goats, were transported live and the group did not include any embryo's. A few of these old bloodlines HAVE been known to occasionally have red or red paint kids when bred to another Boer goat with a recessive Red gene.  Each one of the original live CODI/PCI goats was tattooed in the flank with their importation number of TX630”XXX” when they entered quarantine after they arrived at Key West, Fl. The kids that were born in the quarantine pens to these Boer goats were given flank tattoo's of TX631”XXX”, up to the number 1126, when use of the flank tattoo was stopped. All TX630 and TX631 numbers appear on the registration papers as tattoo’s only. They are not registration numbers.

In Florida, the herd survived horrible conditions while in the hot and humid quarantine pens. Some died, some were bred, some were born, and life continued on with survival of the fittest. While still under Quarantine, the herd was eventually moved to Jurgen Schulz’s ranch in Lampasas, Tx. and raised there until Mr. Schultz decided to disperse it in 1996 after the quarantine was ended. It was felt that most of the Boer goats that had been brought into the US up to that point (through legal AND illegal means) were of poor quality compared to these so-called “CODI” Goats. People were eager to get them and willing to pay premium prices. The quarantine had been removed for the goats born in the U.S. and many of these CODI's were "cherry picked" through and purchased by well known breeders (such as Lynn Farmer, Don Smith, Powell-Holman, etc.) prior to the dispersal sale. Jurgen Schultz then sold the remaining CODI's at his dispersal sale that took place on June 1, 1996. The list of well known Boer goats that came from this group is long and distinguished including: Kaptein, DSM Kala, 519, 555, PBL JR, Tsjaka, CODI Queen, Lobola, and goes on and on. The list of Champion Full CODI/PCI descendents continues to grow with more added each year. Many breeders wouldn't be where they are today without their early headstart from the CODI's. A second group of goats is sometimes confused with the CODI/PCI Boer goats. This herd was imported from South Africa into Canada, where they were raised and then dispersed into the US through the Balson Sale in 1995. Muzuri, Banduki, Tamu, Tabu, and Johaan were a few of the better known goats that came from this group. These goats have herd prefixes including 444, 474, and 479. About a year after the CODI/PCI dispersal sale, Rodney Robinson of 4D Ranch imported a planeload of live Boer goats from South Africa directly into the US. This was a smaller group of Boer goats that was not of the same quality as the CODI/PCI imports. These goats commonly had the name "African" in front of their name, such as: African Arnold and African Amy. It should be noted that the CODI/PCI Boer goats and 4D Ranch's planeload of Boer goats were the only groups of live Boer goats flown directly into the US from South Africa and not through another country first. These goats had all been raised in South Africa, inspected, and entered into their STUD books before coming to the US. There were plenty of South African Boer goat embryo's that were imported to Canada, and from there, sold to the US. MOJO Magic came from one of these embryo's. Since the goats from the embryo's were not raised in South Africa, they were never inspected there to ensure they were of the proper quality to be entered into their STUD books. Every other "South African" Boer goat in the US was raised according to a second countries standards before being distributed into the US. The goats from the 4D Ranch were eventually outcrossed to other bloodlines, so none remain whose every ancestor traces directly back to that group of goats. Because of these facts, it can be argued that the FULL CODI/PCI Boer Goats are the ONLY TRUE FULL SOUTH AFRICAN BOER GOATS in the US.

Jurgen Schulz registered as a South African breeder and received the herd prefix 994, possibly as some kind of formality. Many, BUT NOT ALL, of the CODI/PCI Boer goats had Jurgen Schulz's herd prefix of 994. This is possibly because the farm they came from in South Africa had no herd prefix and needed one in order to be registered with the ABGA at that time. Herd prefixes 994, 178, 555, 617, 627, 788, 837, 865, 914, 915, and 938 all have goats that are included in the CODI/PCI group. The second part of the sequence; 994/”XXX” is the Stud Number, such as 994/365. In South Africa, in order to recieve a Stud number and be entered into a stud book, each animal had to be personally inspected to ensure it met breed standards.

The pool of South African (SA) bloodlines contained in the group originally imported by CODI/PCI are responsible for producing some of the finest Boer goats in the world. No other pool of Boer goat genetics can make this claim or even come close to the accomplishments this group has made. These goats are well known for their thick, large-boned, deep bodies; for being extremely hardy and needing little extra care; for being excellent mothers; for their breeding characteristics; and especially for their ability to consistently produce In Kind generation after generation. Direct descendents of Kaptein *Ennobled (a "CODI" and perhaps the most famous Boer goat ever) still possess remarkable similarities many generations later. CODI/PCI Boer goats outcross well with other bloodlines. They work great as commercial herd sire's and produce large framed kids with rapid weight gains.  These characteristics are why there has been such a demand for CODI/PCI stock and their offspring as a foundation for many herds. In fact, the demand has been so great for these old bloodlines over the years, that many of the CODI/PCI genetics have been lost or outcrossed to the point that their original characteristics are no longer recognizable, and making the Full CODI/PCI Boer goats hard to find. A few breeders in the US have recognized the importance of these Premier foundation genetics and have sought out Full CODI/PCI descendents to breed in order to make these fine animals available to other producers. 

*By Jon Giezentanner with information gleamed from many sources