The Boer Goat was developed in the early 1900's by Dutch farmers in South Africa. Boers are known for being docile, having high fertility and a fast growth rates. They are a popular breed raised for meat.
Saanen Goats originated in Switzerland, and are considered the largest of the dairy goat breeds. They also produce the most quantity of milk.
Boers and Saanens are often crossed to create a meat goat with exceptional growth, carcass, meat quality and meat color.
dual purpose goat
Why my sons fell in love with goats in the first place.
Why my sons fell in love with goats in the first place? Their grandpa had kid goats that were bottle feed. The doe that is the kids’ mother contacted some diseases and fell sick. She can’t produce milk for her kids. We have in our town a dairy farm that produces fresh milk pasteurized for human consumption. Their grandpa bought bottled fresh goats milk form there.
Every morning at about six the bottle feed kids would knock on their grandpa’s front door demanding their morning ration of bottled milk that were given to them on a feeding bottle. Since their grandpa bought only one feeding bottle for the two kids they would nudge each other in order to be the first one to suck the feeding bottle. My youngest son would cuddle the one who isn’t feeding. And the kids love to be cuddled that whenever they saw my son sitting they would jump on his lap to cuddle.
Since they come inside the kitchen for their feeding they can see what’s on our dining table. One of them fell in love with bananas. She loves bananas that even just mentioning the word banana is enough to make him come running into our house for one. Her romance with banana has not yet ended up to now. She still goes ga ga over the sight of a banana.
When they were pastured out you don’t need to tether them down. Just tether their mother and they will be around her all day. Just within sight of their mother they will stay. This is the reason my sons think it was easy to raise goats. What they didn’t know then that raising goats need your time and patience. Why you will probably ask?
In the morning when you pasture them they will stubbornly stay in their shed when the grasses are wet with rain during the night before. How forcefully you would pull them they will stubbornly hold their ground. And during sunny days the moment you untie their tether they would careen out of the shed to the grassland scattering in all directions. My oldest son learned this lesson the hard way. Because when he realized all the bad habits of goats he was already assigned the goat herding chores. And he can’t back out anymore.
After tethering the goats and that will take almost an hour on bad days and about 30minutes in good days. He needs to sweep up the goats’ fecal because they can smell really onerous. Especially as we raise our goats as backyard farming. And you need to wash out their urines with water because they really smell nasty especially the buck’s.
You cannot leave them without somebody who could get them into the shed whenever rain comes pouring because they get weak when exposed to rain on long periods. Whenever we gout of town there should be one of us left behind to take care of the goats especially because they are tethered. And you need to check on them from time to time because they will harm themselves when their tether got tangled. They would choke to death.
In the afternoon you need to untie their tether and let them graze around so they could eat their fill of fresh supply of grasses. No worries when they are full because they run on home without prompting. But you would worry when they haven’t eaten their fill yet. They could stubbornly refuse to be pulled home. They could graze till sundown and dusk till they have eaten their fill. Then that’s another story that is not favorable with raising goats.
You need time and effort when you raise farm goats with many neighbors nearby. This is because you need to tether your goats and they will need your time and attention too much. And not all goats are as good natured as the two kids my son fell in love with. They were named Happy Feet and Dynasaour, up to now Happy Feet still enjoys banana..
From Zsianjzel Oct 3 2012 11:52AM
The Right Breeding Age of Goats
Goats especially the mixed breed that we own can heat as young as 4 months old. My son is annoyed to pasture out our goats in the morning for it causes him to be late at school. But his father makes him do the pasturing in the morning to teach him responsibility.
When goats’ heat they make some sound that is a cross between a cry and a snort; I can’t describe exactly how it sounds. And this annoys my son too much. He murmurs while tending the goats that “you are in heat yet you still suck your mama goat’s tits for milk.” You cannot control the goat’s stubbornness when they are in heat. In fact our female goat broke out of its tethering rope to go gallivanting to the dairy farm for the male breeder. When our goats heat my son go to school later than usual.
He sports bruises after being drag out by the male goat chasing after a female goat that is currently in heat. Mixed Boer goats and native Philippine goats have a high tolerance of in breeding up to third generations. Meaning the off spring of a male buck with the same female can still have the high tolerance of the mixed breed genes as its mother and father. And the father can breed the offspring and still produced high genes young. But the offspring of the third generation if still fathered by the same male will have only 25% of survival capacity. They are already weak even yet unborn. You may jeopardize your female’s health if you continue to breed up to third generation of mixed Boer and native Philippine goat. One of our females gave birth to a still born baby goat and also died as a result.
You need also to space out breeding the female goat. You have to separate the male form the female and allow the female to breed only after 6 months from weaning its young. Too short intervals between breeding and weaning will also weaken the mother goat. You can have a safe margin of error when you let them breed after six months from weaning. You need to get a new buck if your female goat is already the third generation offspring of your male buck..
From Zsianjzel Sep 30 2012 2:36PM