Raising Boer Goats - What Every Beginner Should Know About
Keeping Boer Goats
The demand for goat meat or "chevon" has
increased dramatically over the past years. About 63 to 65 percent of
red meat consumed in the world is goat meat. The Boer goat, a large
framed animal which resembles the Nubian goat, is one of the most
popular breed of goat used for meat production. Due to the high demand
of goat meat, there have been a lot of interests in
The Boer goat was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s and its
name was derived from the Dutch word of farmer - "Boer". It is
generally white with a reddish brown head and a white blaze down the
middle of the face. Generally, its' bone structure is bigger and
thicker compared to other breeds of goats and has a broad chest and
heavy muscling in the rump. It has long ears that hang down along the
sides of their faces. One major reason why there are a lot of
interests in raising Boer goats is due to its high quality meat.
Raising Boer goats is much easier compared to raising other livestock
products because it is easy to handle. It can adapt to varying climate
changes, from hot temperatures to dry climate and it has a high
resistance to disease. They are fast growing and are fertile. If you
are trying to breed goats for a profit or just for the enjoyment of
it, the Boer goat is a great choice.
Although raising Boer goats is enjoyable and may be profitable, it
requires knowledge and skills for it to be a success. You should
investigate the estimate costs and the market condition before
starting to raise your own herd of goats. Once you have an adequate
amount of money and other resources such as fences, shelter, land and
food for the goat, you can then acquire the goats. Start with a small
group of goats and buy them from reputable breeders. One buck (male
goat) is enough for 25 to 50 female goats.
Remember to provide adequate space for the goats to run around and
exercise. Design a covered shelter that can anticipate the needs of
your goats. Have a supply of clean water, hay, grain and other
amenities for your goats. Also have a veterinarian check on them
Raising Boer goats can be a profitable and an enjoyable experience.
Just remember to take the time to learn about them. These goats, like
any other specie, needs to be well fed and sheltered to survive.
Simply remember these, and you can start raising your own herd of Boer
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