In particular, the Boer goat which was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s, is a popular choice for producers. If you are interested in raising your own herd, here are some tips on how to raise Boer goats. Wait…before getting excited on knowing how to raise Boer goats, you should know first, if raising Boer goats is the right choice for you.
Boer breed are selected for meat rather than milk production; so if you are interested in producing meat, then the Boer goat is perfect. This breed has high fertility rates, has superior mothering skills compared to other goats and is known for its high quality meat. Aside from those qualities of Boer breed, they also have a high resistance to disease and can adapt well to climate changes and different surroundings.
To get started on raising Boer goats, you should first acquire your goats from reputable breeders rather than stock yard auctions.
By doing this, you can minimize or prevent buying low quality Boer breed with diseases. Also, have a registration paper to maintain the resale value of your goats. Have a veterinarian check the health of your goats from time to time. Healthy goat production may also require you vaccination, de-worming and coat grooming.
Also, keep these tips in mind on how to raise Boer goats. You need to provide a fenced and shelter area for your goats. The fenced grazing area should be big enough to allow room for your goats to wander and exercise. Goats are known for eating landscapes and almost anything; inspect your fence often and repair the damage ones promptly to prevent your goats from escaping. Take into consideration the needs of your goats such as reproduction and protection from extremes of climate when designing a covered shelter area.
Have access to fresh water by setting up water troughs and clean them regularly.
Provide covered feed bunks to help protect your herd from rain or extreme heat. Since goats need grass and weeds for grazing, have a pasture divided into sections in order to rotate grazing areas. Have your goats exercise by moving from one pasture to another to keep them active and improve their meat quality.
By remembering these tips on how to rear Boer goats, you can expect to have a healthier and high quality Boer breed. Start raising goat for meat and and enjoy!