Going into goats can be a daunting idea, even if you have experience with other livestock. Pieter and Caroline spent a year researching goats before they even purchased their first registered Boer Goats. Nothing can replace hands on experience, but knowledge is key to achieving the best results with your goats – whether as pets or as a business enterprise.
One of the first places to start your research is talking to people who are already doing what you want to achieve. We are always happy for people to contact us and make an appointment to visit BeauTerre, to look at our goats and our operation here, and to ask as many questions as they want to. Your vet and other breeders will also be a valuable source of information as you start up and when you encounter any problems, so its important to make good contacts with people whose advice you trust right from the beginning.
There are also many good websites with helpful information, and some of these are listed in the links on the Boer Goat Information tab on this website.
A couple of books that we found very useful and continue to use, are ‘Raising Meat Goats’ by Maggie Sayer, and ‘Farming Meat Goats’ by Barbara Vincent. Both books have pages earmarked that we continue to go back to year after year.
‘Raising Meat Goats‘ by Maggie Sayer, has a lot of information that farmers need to start a meat-goat business or expand an existing operation. It includes:
- daily health care routines
- up-to-date guidelines on health and disease
- understanding goat psychology and behavior
- reproductive care and techniques
- tips on promotion and marketing
‘Farming Meat Goats‘ by Barbara Vincent is an Australian book which will allow farmers to produce animals to specification for targeted markets in Australia and overseas. It includes:
- advice on selecting and preparing a property for goats
- choosing breeding stock
- health care and nutrition
- drought feeding
- condition scoring
- advice re marketing
We would highly commend both books to you.