Posted Jul 16, 2011
I have raised and shown South African Boer goats for over ten years, becoming the top breeder in the state of Florida. This breed is very gentle and easy to handle. They make ideal pets and I would recommend this breed for children who want to show. The Boer goats are quite prolific and routinely birth twins or triplets, with the occasional quadruplet litter. For commercial purposes this breed is fast growing, often reaching weights of 65 lbs. by age two months and 90 lbs. at three months. Common carcass yield is around 65% to 70%, much higher than other meat breeds. My favorite combination is a fullblood Boer buck with a Nubian doe. This produces a hardy goat with lots of milk and lots of meat. The Nubian cross females easily give birth to the large Boer kids.