Are you raring to get into the Boer goat business, but don’t know how many goats you should start with?
Here’s what the goat farmers interviewed for my guide suggested: start with just a handful of pregnant does.
Because there are a lot of things that can only be learned by experience, starting small will allow you to learn without making costly mistakes. You don’t want to buy 200 goats without knowing what you are doing – that’s the worst way to go about it!
After everything else is in place, buy a buck. Buy the buck a few months before the breeding season so that he’s used to your farm when the breeding season starts. The rule of thumb for bucks to does is 1 buck for 20-30 does (an older buck can handle 40 does).
And here’s a few tips for where to buy your first buck and does:
- It’s best to stay within your geographic region when buying your goats – because by doing so you’re going to buy animals that are already adapted to the geographic and climatic conditions where you live.
- Another benefit of buying within your geographic region is that if you buy from somebody who is close by and you have a problem with your goats, usually you can go to the seller and they’ll help you out.
- When looking to buy Boers make sure to stay away from people who go to goat sales and advertise that they have “prize” goats (in other words, goats that have won prizes at goat shows). These animals have often been fed heavily on grain, so that’s what the goats are going to be used to. You want animals that thrive on forages and cheap feed sources, not expensive grain.
There are some good websites where you can find people in your local area that have Boers for sale. Those websites (and a whole lot more tips on what to look for when buying your first goats) are included in my Boer Goat Profits Guide Power Pack (6 audio interviews with successful Boer farmers, plus 1 interview with an expert professor in Boer goats, and a 56-page quickstart guide). To learn more about my e-book and interviews, head on over to this web page:
And stay tuned for more information comin’ at you tomorrow!
To farming profits,
Marc MacDonald is passionate about Boer goats. His newest book,
“Boer Goat Profits Guide: How to Start and Run a Profitable Boer Goat Business“,
teaches farmers how get into “the fastest growing sector of the farm
industry”, and includes interviews with 6 successful Boer goat farmers.
Please click here to learn more about his ground-breaking Boer Goat Profits Guide Power Pack.
Lesson #1: How Much Money Can You Make in Boer Goats?
Lesson #2: How Many Acres Do Boer Goats Need?