What the heck is a boer goat was my first thought. You can see my story here if you like. If you want to go straight to a great guide about one of the fastest growing segments in the farm industry, you can check out the Boer Goat Guide here.
Boer goats were first developed in South Africa in the early 1900’s by some Dutch farmers specifically as meat goats. They were officially introduced to the United States in 1993. Since that time there has been a huge increase with the influx of boer purebreds and cross breeding. It is a really good fit in these days of eating healthier, trying to consume more organic foods, and getting more bang for your buck (no pun intended) on smaller acreage farms. There are some questions you should ask if you are considering raising boer goats. This will help you figure what kind of operation you can have with what you already have or need to expand into.
The boer goat is a faster growing, heavier framed, more docile breed than most goats. They are commonly seen as having a white body with a red head. The boer is adaptable to different climates. They spend a lot more time grazing than most other goats whether it’s in the heat of day where other goats tend to find some shade or in the cold of winter with blowing snow.
There are different categories when talking about meat goats. You can raise boer goats strictly for selling goat meat, which is probably the largest segment, for breeding stock, or for show quality. The show quality animals can bring the most money per goat. You also have to start with higher priced goats that have excellent bloodlines to begin with. There have been a lot of younger people that have gotten in to showing boer goats over the last several years in shows such as 4H and other various farm organizations.
As the demand for raising boer goats increases so does the demand for good quality breeding stock. People will be looking for goats with good genetics to get started with.
Part of reason for the increased goat meat production in the United States is the increase in population of different ethnic origins. Eating chevon (goat meat) is part of their heritage. If you live in an area that is close to a larger population of ethnic groups this can be very beneficial to you. This is a direct buy market where people can come right to the farm and pick out their own boer goat. This is usually better money than hauling your goats to an auction.
The premium weight of your goat to sell for eating is around eighty pounds live weight. The meat is tender with very little internal fat yet. It’s rare to see one bring the good money at one hundred pounds or more.
A boer goat is usually around eighty pounds live weight in about six to seven months.
To find out everthing you need to know and more about raising boer goats you can check out the Boer Goat Guide here.
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