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Boer Goat

Overall satisfaction

3.25/5

Acquired: Breeder,
Bred animal myself

Gender: Both

Appearance

5/5

Temperament

5/5

Health

2/5

Easy to provide habitat

5/5

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

4/5

Meat production

5/5

Milk production

1/5

Fiber quality

N/A

Commercial value

3/5

Boer Goats - pros and cons

By

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.

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