Posted Apr 06, 2013
Boer Goats make a great addition to a farm or as a pet. Boer goats have a great temperament and do well with other animals. Boer goats are adorable, however they are a larger animal if you are considering to own a Boer as a pet. A male Boer can weigh up to 190 pounds, while a female is significantly smaller weighing up to 120 pounds or maybe a a bit more. The cost of owning a Boer includes having the right feed, space, shelter, fencing, veterinarian costs, and other miscellaneous costs. If you have the space, vegetation should not be an issue as Boer goats are not picky and can eat on pastures that may not normally support cattle.
A disadvantage of raising Boer goats is they do not fair well in a climate with rain, wind, and cold. Boers goats can catch pneumonia due to not having much of a fat layer so they will need shelter in windy, cold weather. A fence is also needed, these goats can easily jump fences. If you do not have a fence you will need to have one. As a pet they will also find landscaping and shrubbery a delicious meal so they definitely have to be monitored on where they graze.
Advantages of using these goats for their production are countless. Boer goats make a high quality meat and their meat is in high demand. These goats can also product milk although they are more known for their meat. Boer goats also make great leather because they have thicker skin. The goats hair can also be used in products such as brushes. These goats are good breeders and their offspring is good for resale.