I've got 23 acres in Caldwell County, TX that I'm about to move onto and I'm looking to get some meat goats to do some brush control on my property. My primary goal is to keep the mesquite, yaupon, cedar elms, and other fleshy weeds under control with a small herd. I plan to crossfence a portion of the property (maybe 5-6 acres) as goat pasture. I've never raised goats before but I've been doing quite a lot of research. I'm looking for the best breed for the job. My goals are: 1) Needs to be as low maintenance as possible. I don't want to have to constantly baby them with supplemental feed, vitamins, deworming, hoof trimming or other such tasks. I know that in winter I'll likely need to supplement and I will have to treat obviously sick animals, but I'm looking for living lawnmowers here, not animals I plan to sell for meat or milk, necessarily. I've been leaning towards Kikos, Spanish or Kiko/Spanish crosses but it seems like everyone in my area is raising either Boers or some kind of milk goat... Spanish and Kikos seem harder to find and more expensive when you do. Why are Boers so popular? From what i understand they require a LOT of maintenance. 2) I am aware of the extra fencing needs for goats, but how necessary is it to have 4' field fence AND a hot wire? Can I get away with JUST 4' field fence with no barbed or hot wire at all? Does field fence HAVE to be 4"x4" or can you get away with something bigger/less expensive, assuming I plan to keep their horns ON? 3) My pasture has lots of weeds and trees and grass and with all the rain this year has a lot for goats to eat. How many meat goats can I get away with on 6 acres or so without completely destroying the land or needing to supplement? I know i might need to supplement in winter, but I'd prefer to keep the additional feed/minerals/vitamins inputs to a bare minimum. I have two stock tanks that stay full most of the year and i can setup a float valve water trough if need be. I already have an old three sided goat shed on the property that can be used as a shelter. So what are my best options for brush control goats in terms of breed, numbers, and management? I'd like the OPTION of selling some, and I might breed/sell them for meat at the bare minimum to maintain my ag exemption on the land, but for the most part I want these goats to primarily just keep the land free of small brush and weeds and just leave the big post oaks. Also keep in mind that my part of the country gets VERY HOT and humid in the summer and generally has mild to nonexistant winters.