Posted Sep 03, 2016
You can't go wrong with the boer goat. In many ways, it could be argued that this is the best of all goat breeds bred for meat production. The meat produced from one animal alone is alot and very delicious. It is a fast grower and tends to put on weight rather easily. It is highly disease resistant and can survive-even thrive- in hot climates. With its placid nature, this animal tends to get along quite well overall in mixed herds which it can breed with easily. When well taken care of, herd populations tend to grow very quickly due to high fertility and the aforementioned growth rates. On average, pureblood sires from this bloodline tend to fetch a pretty penny.
I would say that while purebred boer goats are the best, just having the bloodline in your herds is also a good idea as the mixed breed offspring tend to grow faster and bigger on average.
As pets, these goats can be quite gentle and docile and hand feeding tends to be a pleasure. Though they can also be quite energetic and playful. I observed this in other herds as well so I assume it is a trait of the breed.