Bred animal myself
By Good Goats
Oklahoma, United States
Posted Feb 07, 2014
The Boer goat is fairly new to the United States, being brought here in the 1990's. They are a very meaty goat from South Africa, and produce meat very well. They are beautiful, thick, long, and tall. The bucks get very large while the does are a little smaller. The does typically have 2 kids per kidding. While the does normally have enough milk for their kids, there is none to spare. They are not a good milk goat. The traditional color of the Boer is white with a brown head, although nowadays there are many painted Boers which come in many different colors and patterns.
The Boer goat was captured by the show industry as this beautiful goat - which it is - but unfortunately, due to the high grain feeding, lots of medications and pampering that is involved in show animals, the show industry ruined what used to be a wonderful, hardy meat goat. While the Boer goat is still a very nice breed, overall their purpose for being a meat goat has been ruined by the showing and they are a much weaker breed. They need lots more worming, care, and are not as good milkers/mothers as their Spanish or other meat breed counterparts.
If you are looking for a show goat - go with the Boer. Excellent choice. If you are looking for a commercial meat goat - do not choose fullblood Boers. Go with Spanish, Kikos or Boer/dairy crosses and you will be much more successful.