4 Considerations For Goat Farmers Who Are Interested in Raising Boer
Goats As a Business Venture
Boer goats are known to be
the best meat-producing breed in the world. These large-bodied
creatures produce the highest meat yield per animal and,
therefore, are given a higher carcass value than the other
goat breeds. Additionally, people find that
raising Boer goats
is more productive because meticulous cross-breeding efforts
can also yield animals with higher quality of meat. Goat
farmers also like raising Boer goats because these animals can
adapt to almost any kind of location and environment, and
their reproductive rate is unsurpassed by the other goat
If you are thinking about raising Boer goats as a
venture, here are a few things to consider.
1. Housing and fencing.Boer goats would need shelter and
another area where it can exercise and graze. More often than
not, establishing housing and fencing for these animals would
be your highest expenses. The good news is: you do not really
need to construct an expensive pen or fence to keep the goats
happy. Just remember that: housing is where the goats can be
kept at night, where they can be fed and watered in peace, and
where kidding -- or the birthing of baby goats can happen
Fencing or the fenced grazing area should be large enough to
allow the goats to freely roam and nibble without really
wandering off. At the same time, the enclosure should be high
and protected enough to deter possible predators like foxes or
2. Having the individual goats regularly checked over by the
local vet is always a good investment. After all, you are
marketing the animals' meat. Getting a clean bill of health
for individual meat producers ensures that internal parasites,
genetic anomalies and the onset of diseases are at the
minimum. This helps improve the quality of meat, and produces
a better genetic stock for breeding later on.
A vet is also needed just prior to the flushing (or egg
flushing) of the does. This will guarantee that the breeding
female goats can produce healthy litters later on.
3. Raising Boer goats also means establishing a regular health
regimen that includes: vaccination of the does and the kids,
de-worming of the adults, grooming, and hoof trimming.
4. Boer goats are not known to become overweight, but the
animals would still need to be exercised regularly. According
to experts, a regular exercise regimen helps keep their meat
tender, and prevent the goats from becoming destructive due to
boredom. Herding goats to different pastures and allowing them
to frolic can be great exercises.
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