Boer goat farming is rising
in popularity. Boer goat is a breed of goat that was first
developed in the 1900s in South Africa. It was specifically
developed for meat production. The term ‘Boer’ is a Dutch word
which means farmer.
Experts say that the Boer goat may be a cross of South African
indigenous goats and European and/or Indian goats. The Boer goat
is prized for its meat. It grows and reproduces quickly. Aside
from that, it has one of the best carcass qualities. Because of
this, Boer goats are one of the most popular meat goat breeds in
the world. Aside from that, they have very strong immune
systems. They can also adapt well to different kinds of weather
especially to hot and dry ones.
Boer goats have very distinct colors in their heads. Commonly,
they have white bodies with brown or pink heads. They also have
white pendulous ears like those of a Nubian Goat. Usually, a
mature male Boer goat weighs around 110-13 kilograms while a
female Boer goat weighs around 90-100 kilograms.
The first tip on Boer goat farming is to know when your
female goat is fertile. Since the main product of Boer goats is
their meat, there is a need for them to reproduce quickly. A
female Boer goat is most fertile during the fall. The most
obvious sign that a female goat is fertile is when she always
stands near a male goat. She will often bleat loudly and wag her
tail fast. Some may also have vaginal discharge. To confirm your
assumptions of your goat’s fertility, carefully press down the
goat’s rear area above the tail. If the female goat stays and
wags her tail, this would mean that she is fertile. But if she
quickly runs away or moves awkwardly, she is not in heat. It is
important to be aware of your female goat’s fertile time to take
advantage of it. You cannot breed a female goat if she is not in
heat because she might end up injuring the male goat.
The second tip on Boer goat farming is to regularly deworm your
goats. Worms are a big ‘no-no’ in meat production. A goat
infested with worms will surely be bad for production. You will
need to maintain a regular schedule in deworming and inoculating
your Boer goats. Vaccinations are done annually while deworming
should be done very 6-10 weeks. Vaccinate your goat to reduce
their risk of acquiring diseases such as tetanus, enterotoxemia,
sore mouth, caseous lymphadentitis and rabies. On the other
hand, you can use oral wormers to remove any worms in the body.
The third and last tip on Boer goat farming is to provide plenty
of water for your goats. Like humans, goats also have a need to
be hydrated. Set a different container for your goats’ drinking
water. Check on this container daily to make sure no algae is
growing or bird poop in it.
Goat tending is really a lucrative business. Furthermore, it
would be proper to say that Boer goat farming is more profitable
because it concentrates more on the goat meat. Take note of the
aforementioned tips and start on your
Boer goat farming.
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