Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jul 22, 2014
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.