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Old 04-09-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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I will be butchering my wether later..he is one week old right now. I was wondering at what age you all butcher your goats. Hubby said he heard 6 months, but I would like the best meat possible..so what is a good age, or weight I guess to butcher?



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We butcher ours at 8 months to a year and a half old. Any earlier and the meat to carcass ration is lower.



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Does the age make a big difference in the taste or toughness of the meat? I realize that a 5 year old goat would maybe be tougher than say yearling.

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Yes... the older the goat....... the less tasty and less tender....

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Our pool buyer prefers 60-80 lb animals. A couple of years ago a friend of ours bought two little bucklings from us that were 3 months old, not yet weaned, and 45 lbs. Grilled whole quarters on her Weber with a hot pepper dry rub. Was melt in your mouth delicious.

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I do appreciate the comments.
maybe I will go with 12 months or 45-50lbs

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We had a 2yr old buck done. He was half ground & half Italian sausage. It was out of this world.
Some 1 yr olds intacts (or close to) were made into Brats.
A friend had a 5yr old doe ground. She was better than venison!

If you want leg roasts they should be young enough so they still fit in your roaster.

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I have butchered my 1 year old wether that was delicious. We also just butchered a 1 1/2 year old lamancha togg intact buck that was delicious as well. We are going to breed one of our bucks next season to all our girls to get his line and butcher him too. Everyone of them has tasted great with zero goat or game, always mild and sweet. Kids love it too. It's all in how clean you butcher and how quick you get it cold. If you want super duper healthy meat then don't grain and up the alfalfa for month or two before butchering. If you are not worried about grain fed meat then grain him out a little. Cut off all or most of the fat. You should have no worries with a wether. Butcher just like a deer, closest relatives. Good luck and enjoy!

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Had a 1 year old done, very good. My general plan is to harvest at 6 to 8 months, so we don't have to buy them all hay for the winter.

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I have butchered my 1 year old wether that was delicious. We also just butchered a 1 1/2 year old lamancha togg intact buck that was delicious as well. We are going to breed one of our bucks next season to all our girls to get his line and butcher him too. Everyone of them has tasted great with zero goat or game, always mild and sweet. Kids love it too. It's all in how clean you butcher and how quick you get it cold. If you want super duper healthy meat then don't grain and up the alfalfa for month or two before butchering. If you are not worried about grain fed meat then grain him out a little. Cut off all or most of the fat. You should have no worries with a wether. Butcher just like a deer, closest relatives. Good luck and enjoy!
Very true, the way it was processed is a huge factor!
However ours did get grain as well as alfalfa.


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