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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a full-time farmer in Western Wisconsin where I raise meat goats and sheep on pasture using regenerative and rotational grazing practices.

I created this website because
I had so many people reaching out, both locally and beyond, wanting to know more about how I was raising and marketing goats.

I also recognized that it IS so hard to find information in this space. I wanted to share what I've learned along the way and reduce your time searching the depths of the internet.


Boer Goats: The Classic Meat Goat Breed

When you think of meat goats, you most likely think of Boer goats first. This breed of goat is most recognizable with its distinctive red head and white body, as well as a popular meat goat breed in the U.S. Boer goats are highly valued for their large size.

This article will go over Boer goats in greater detail including identifying traits and characteristics.

History of the Boer goat

Originally developed by Dutch farmers in South Africa (the word “boer” is a Dutch word for farmer), Boer goats were introduced to the United States in 1993. 

By this time the U.S. had lifted its restrictions on live imports of South African goats and sheep and the Boer goat stood apart from other meat goat breeds available at the time with a large frame, docile nature, and ability for rapid weight gain.  Today, Boer goats are one of the most popular breeds of meat goats and are very popular as show goats.

Boer goat characteristics

Boer goats have many distinctive characteristics, including coloring and body size, among other traits.

Colors and coat

Boer goat colors will vary, however, they traditionally have a distinct reddish-brown head with a short-haired, white body. 

Variations are common though and some Boer goats can be all red in color, have a black head or be all black in color, or be dappled with white spots all over.


Boer goats are considered to be one the largest of the goat breeds. They have large frames with a deep chest and typically have quick and heavy, muscular growth. 

Body weight: Bucks (adult males) can weigh anywhere from 200 to 340 pounds, while a mature doe (female goat) can range from 100-175 pounds in size.


Boer goats have large horns that curve backwards and hug close to their heads.


​The Boer goat has distinct lop ears, which drop down alongside the face below the horns. In contrast, many breeds of goats have more erect ears, pointing up into the air.


Boer goats are known for being docile in nature, even-tempered and easy to handle.


Boer goats are generally considered low-maintenance when it comes to management but are not as hardy as other breeds due to an overt focus on growth and large-framed meat goat production traits in the breed over the years.

This means Boers may tend to have more health issues when it comes to internal parasites and being raised on pasture, as compared to other meat production breeds, such as Kikos or Savannas. However, proper management of rotational grazing practices can help reduce parasite issues as well. 

Boer goat uses

Boer goats make excellent meat goats due to their large size, muscular build, and low-fat content in their meat. Goat meat is typically the main purpose for this breed.

Where to buy Boer goats

A good place to start for souring Boer. goats is searching the American Boer Goat Association’s online database when looking for Boer goat breeders near me. You can also consult the Goat Rancher magazine directory which is organized by state.


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