buying a meat goat for fair

Discussion in 'Meat Market' started by moday, May 14, 2009.

  1. moday

    moday Member

    152
    Oct 10, 2007
    We have pet goats, but my son would like to get another one to try and compete in the meat goat portion of a fair.

    The goats we get our 3/4 - 100% Boer. What types of things should I be looking for when shoppping? We are supposed to go that farm tonight and pick out the goat.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    I'm not hugely experienced in this, but the things I would look for are:

    -correct structure - legs and back - he needs to be sound to get through the feed out period and carry the weight

    -from what I understand your shows desire lean and mean wethers, so look for someone who is long bodied, expressed muscle over the topline, but isnt too wastey in the front end

    -personally I would pay attention to the growthiest kids in terms of growth for age, as well as the thickest topped kids, the widest between the shoulder blades.

    -I personally like them soft skinned and able to put on finish easily, but I think for your show circuit they prefer them tighter skinned

    SDK and Just Kiddin would be the ones to talk to ...
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    SDK ...has a really nice example on her post of update on my fair/kabooki- pics of murray and mimi

    viewtopic.php?f=25&t=9137
     
  4. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    aww how sweet of you pam. i hope sdk sees that. :wink:
     
  5. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    lol pam... at least you appreciate him... the judge didnt..


    for wethers structural correctness is a MUST!!!! especially in those feet..

    you want width without sacrificing style.. so carrying capacity for muscle combined with a nice profile view..

    percentages grow best.. especially the 80's and 90's
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    thanks Katrina .... LOL :wink: :D


    :D yes I do ....he was nice.....the judge didn't know what he/she was looking at evidently..... :love: :wink:
     
  7. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    lol pam.... i think he wanted carrying capacity,... he just couldnt tell the difference between fat and actually muscle capacity
     
  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yep........he was confused ........LOL :wink: :doh:
     
  9. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    must be something about nutty sheep breeders :wink:
     
  10. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    ooh hope keren, kelebek and lesserweevil didnt hear that!!
     
  11. Crissa

    Crissa New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    Cashion, Oklahoma
    They didn't but I did! I have sheep too you know. :( :ROFL:
     
  12. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    sorry crissa! i remembered you I swear. :oops:
     
  13. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    crszy sheep people..... especially thast lesserweevil... total nutter :wink:
     
  14. Crissa

    Crissa New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    Cashion, Oklahoma
    *sniffs* Riiiiiiight. :slapfloor: I don't breed many though, so I know why you didn't mention me. :wink:

    Everyone else has told you good advice about them. Good luck. :thumbup:
     
  15. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    OK girls ....we need to stop picking on the sheep breeders ............ :wink: :hug:
     
  16. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    :angry: those crazy goat people ... especially that SDK ... [​IMG]
     
  17. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Keren said it well, long level topline wide chest floor. I would add to look for thickness in the top half of the legs and pay attention to the width of thighs..the thicker the better.