INFO ON BOER GOATS

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by jbswm009, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. jbswm009

    jbswm009 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Mom is thinking about raising Boer goats for slaughter (alot of goat farms out by her). Neither of us have any experience with goats and wanted some real opinions/advice. Anything would be helpful (thoughts, experience, breeding, managing). thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Any kind of goat will require proper fencing !!

    Im not familiar with raising and breeding Boer goats so I don't have a lot of info on them.But just from experience with my 4, they are easy keepers.

    Good luck if she does decide on raising them.

    p.s here is a few great links on Boer goat raising.
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    http://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com/articles2/articlesMain.html#Articles

    http://motesclearcreekfarms.com/asp/articles/articles.asp

    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/raising-meat-goats-25028.aspx

    http://www.boergoatshome.com/
     
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  3. SheriM

    SheriM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your question is just a little too open ended. What, exactly do you want to know? I've raised Boer for about 9 years now. Like all goats, they need good fencing, regular deworming and foot care. I feed mine good hay and a pelleted ration made specifically for goats. It has all the vitamins and minerals they need, but I still offer a mineral block as well. I would prefer to offer loose mineral, but my pelleted feed has selenium added so I need a mineral that doesn't have it and the block was all I could find.

    If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask here or contact me privately.
     
  4. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Don't name them;)
     
  5. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out the American Boer Goat Association - I knew the man who started it and they have lots of information on their website:

    http://www.abga.org/

    Good luck!

    Gail
     
  6. jbswm009

    jbswm009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all of your responses! I will definatly check out those sites. And SheriM, you're right, the post was rather vague lol. I just dont know what to ask yet. I'll revise my questions. Is it worth the investment? Is there any MAJOR Do's or Dont's you dont generally hear? Little tips? just some personal experience tips. Thanks again, Jordy.
     
  7. texaschick-a-dee

    texaschick-a-dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You must keep up with worming and they need copper, sometimes there's enough in the grass sometimes not so they may need supplements.
     
  8. chels23

    chels23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I first got into goats I had a lot of the same questions. The first thing I looked into was what kind of market did we have around here. Where I live people show boers so I decided to get a buck that was registered and a couple registered does. I also have commercial though to sell for meat. I have found that goat people are more thanwilling to talk to you about their animals and tend to be very helpful, so don't be afraid to call people and ask questions. You might also want to find a vet in your area, you don't want to have to find a vet at the last minute. The last piece of advice I could give would be to be careful where you buy your goats from. You don't want to buy an animal only to find out later that it has some contagious disease. There are some great books out there on meat goats. Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats was one of the most helpful books for me. They are a lot of fun, especially kidding time! I hope this helps and good luck!
     
  9. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    We did raise goats before we moved. I was able to take the boys to auction but no way could I send one we raised to come back for us to eat!.... [​IMG]

    Way too friendly and loving of critters. We still have goats and I have yet to eat any. The ones we kept were the "pets".
    I had no problem with sending cattle and pigs off to be processed.
     

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