Raising Boer goats is becoming increasingly popular, partly because the breed is easy to care for and the quality of the meat is high. In fact, some experts claim that the breed has the tastiest meat of any breed. Boer goats, which originate from South Africa are also extremely hardy and tough and are easy to care for.
Boer goats tend to be large and look somewhat like the Nubian goat, with the does weighing up to 200 pounds, and the males typically weighing between 200 and 350 pounds. They are easily recognized by their long ears which hang over the sides of the face, as well as their reddish-brown head and white body.
In general, the bone structure of the Boer is thicker and bigger than other breeds of goat, and they also possess strong shoulders and backs, and a broad chest. They grow more quickly than most other breeds of goat, which is a big advantage as the breed is mostly raised for its meat.
Boers are also cost effective when it comes to space, and the general rule is one cow to calf pairing for every acre of pasture. With goats, the typical pairing is 6 does to 2 kids. Boers are also widely used to manage pastures, and Boer goats are often used on ranches to clean up after the cows.
Taking into account all of the above, the Boer is good value for money for anyone thinking of raising goats and trying to decide on the right breed. The time of the year, the type of pasture and the region of the country in which you live are all factors that affect the overall cost of feed for goats and cows.
Make a point of not purchasing your Boer goats from an auction held at a stockyard; rather, you should only buy from a reputable and established breeder. Of course, you should always ask to see the papers for any Boers that you buy, including any crossbreed goats.
You can be assured that you made a good purchase by making sure you have the registration papers, which will also help if you ever want to resell your Boer goats. If your goal is to raise Boers for their meat, the blood line of the animals is probably not important to you.
Always ask the breeder questions when buying a Boer goat, especially about the disease control programs they currently have in place. The overall condition and appearance of the herd should be assessed and taken into consideration. If you are purchasing kid goats, keep an eye on how they are maturing. It doesn’t happen often that a Boer goat turns out to be a nonbreeding animal, but just in case, you should determine what the breeder’s policy is in this event.
Although you may be used to eating other types of meat, about 80 percent of the world’s population raises goats and eats their meat on a regular basis. beef and lamb both have more fat than goat meat. The meat from Boer goats is said to be especially tasty, and tender and mild from Boer cross breeds, which may explain why more people are eating goat meat in the US.
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