Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 22, 2015
Darkling was half-wild when we got him, he had been at pasture with very little handling since he was weaned. He would head butt us or try to munch on our clothes. He wasn’t fearful, exactly, but he was very hands off. We chose him because we wanted to use some of the kids from our alpine does for meat production and Boer goats are one of the main large meat breeds. He produced kids who grew quickly and tasted great, even crossed with an Alpine doe.
Darkling himself wasn’t destined to be food. He was for breeding. And he was a royal pain to keep fenced in. He kept figuring out how to get out of the pens. Ultimately, we ended up using a large dog kennel, about 20 feet by 20 feet with a roof. We moved the pen to give him different areas to browse on. He was happy to eat the weeds our horses wouldn’t touch and seemed to thrive on them.
His half-breed kids reached slaughter size by weaning time. Crossing a dairy goat with a meat buck works pretty well to have a steady supply of both meat and milk.