Posted Nov 23, 2015
My family raised Boer goats for around 4 years, and it was very rewarding. They're great for pasture that has a lot of wooded area, because they eat multi flower rose, and other thorny plants that cattle or horses won't touch. They produce exceptional meat, can grow to be very large, and if accustomed to people, have great temperaments. The only time they get aggressive, is when it's breeding season and the bucks get territorial. Most of the time if you just kind of hoot and holler, wave your arms, and act bigger than them, they get the picture and calm down. There was once though, the biggest buck I'd seen in my life, probably 250lbs. or better, took me down and pushed me across probably 20 yards of pasture, and even tried hooking his horns under my ribs before my dad saw what he was doing and unfortunately had to smack him across the head with a board. Luckily they've got hard heads and it didn't hurt him, only got his attention off me long enough to get up and get out of there. Of the probably 10 bucks or so we ran steadily, he was the only one that ever got really rank like that, so it's an exception, not the norm. Over all these goats are great producers, and don't require much care other than regular feed and water. They're very hardy through the winter here in Iowa, but the summer heat can be a little much because they've got pretty thick coats year round so they'll need to have shade and fresh water available at all times. I have to say if I ever decided to get back into goats, it would be Boer Goats for sure.