How much does a Boer goat sell for?
Most production sales today see an average sales price of about $600 per animal or a little less. The Boer goat has been included in the 4H and FFA programs around the country for many years now. In addition youth programs are growing in the domestic breed associations.
What is the life expectancy of a Boer goat?
Boer goats often have a longer life due to their natural resistance to disease. Bucks have an expected life span of eight to 12 years and does have a surprising expected life span of 12 to 20 years.
How long does it take for a Boer goat to mature?
Boer goats are polyestrous (they can breed throughout the year), and they reach sexual maturity at five months of age. A typical breeding program is to produce three kid crops every two years, meaning the does are pregnant for five months, nurse their kids for three months, and then are rebred.
How much land do Boer goats need?
Each goat requires an area about 30 to 50 square feet for grazing. Goats should also receive supplemental foods, such as hay and grain, if they cannot get enough fresh grass each day. Some goats may need additional diet supplements.
How much space do Boer goats need?
The rule of thumb is 10 to 15 square feet per adult standard-sized goat. How much space do you have for a sleeping area? Goats like to sleep together in small groups (slumber party!), and so the actual sleeping area they need can be quite a bit smaller than their living area.
How do you register Boer goats?
Original breeders may register animals online at www.americangoatsociety.com. If the animal was purchased prior to registering, then a paper registration application must be submitted along with a signed bill of sale.
Can you keep goats and chickens together?
It’s perfectly fine to let chickens and goats free range together, but they do need a place of their own when not turned out. You’ll need to give the chickens a place to live free of the goats where they can be warm and protected from predators.
How many acres does a goat need?
Goats are similar to sheep in that you can support about six to eight goats on an acre of land. Because goats are browsers, not grazers, it will be important that the land you have will supply them with the sort of forage they like to eat—see below.