Boers and Nubians are often crossed to create a meat goat with exceptional growth, carcass, meat quality and meat color.
Appearance / health:
Housing / diet:
small holding, hybrid vigour, Great feed conversion, excellent carcass quality, good milker
heavy mesh fences
multiple offspring, decent foragers, multiple births, herd quality improvement
Pet goat - wether (neutered male) escape artist
Toffee has been a fun and extremely entertaining goat to own. He constantly gets into trouble and is a never ending supply of funny stories. He has gotten himself stuck halfway over a fence while jumping over, his head stuck in a chicken feeder and ran around the barn running into walls with the feeder on his head, he let's the chickens ride his back around the yard. I would think that you need a good sense of humour to own a goat, but they can be a lot of fun if you aren't getting mad.
Toffee is very quiet, good tempered and sweet with children. He gives small children rides around the yard. He eats barely anything, being a desert animal they can survive on poor pasture. I actually keep him out of our good pastures as they are too rich for him. Monthly feed bill would be less than $30. He requires a foot trim every few months, but that can be done by myself.
He is an escape artist though. We have had to reinforce the door of his stall, build fences higher and put latches on all the feed in the barn to keep him out of it. If he got a chance, he would eat himself to death..
From hwillm1977 Jul 31 2014 6:18PM
Easy Keepers, Potential Meat Goat
I own a couple of Nubian x Boer kids that came as surplus from my sister's milking goats. She simply didn't need replacements this year, so bred to what was handy, and that was my mother's Boer buck.
These guys are very friendly, of course very cute (but everything grows up ;) ), and have good muscling for potential meat from the Boer influence. As surplus they cost me nothing and as browsers they cost next to nothing to keep (save a few supplements here and there). We will either keep the female and perhaps breed back to a Boer and net ourselves even better meat offspring, or process for meat. The male is whethered and will be meat or companion/brush-cutter.
Naturally the Nubian influence will limit their meat-growing ability somewhat, but compared to the cost of buying in pure Boers, these free kids will make extremely economical meat or breeders. I don't anticipate ever trying to milk them; in my experience even a strong dairy breed like a Nubian gets goaty-flavored milk when crossed up with anything of a meat breed..
From MaryW Jul 22 2014 9:17AM