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Old 11/15/09, 10:58 PM
 
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Question Needing opinion on eating bucks in rut


I did search but nothing came up on topics of eating bucks in rut or at least in the last year of possible post topics.

I have been given, in name only at this point, a 7 month old boer buck approximately 60 pounds according to his owner, for meat. However, I am not getting across to her that the buck is in rut and I have no desire to eat him right now. And I can't seem to convince her that castration is an option I was more that willing to pay for. (he has some huge ones for so little a goat)

She keeps telling me that bucks are good to eat and wethers go to fat and not as good. Now I have eaten plenty of goat meat over the years both here and in Mexico, I have tasted old bucks and, despite the seasoning, I can still smell and taste the male.

So, I am needing actually accounts on whether eating a young buck in rut is ok or do I need to wait until Feb when the rutting season is over or tell her to just sell the goat to someone who wants him for meat now?

Thank you for any answers or opinions.
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Old 11/15/09, 11:07 PM
 
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Old goats, whether male or female don't taste that good and they take a long time to cook or they are tough. Young bucks don't taste bad if they are dressed out properly. I've been told that male elk and deer also stink when in rut and hunters shoot them all the time. It's all a matter of properly handling the carcass. Boers are out of season breeders, so I would think that the sooner you slaughter him, the better off you'll be.

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Old 11/15/09, 11:14 PM
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I agree with your friend- if you wait for a boer to go OUT of heat, he will die of old age. They are not like dairy goats. They are not so seasonal.
I have eaten many a 7 mo old buckling and they were perfect. In fact I do not keep older bucks- just let the youngsters do their thing then send them off. Most of my 7 mos old have not been very stinky anyway. The start of the stinky is a signal that the time is ripe.

BTW- a 60 lbs 7 mo old is fairly small- that's about average for my 4-5 mos bucklings.

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Old 11/16/09, 09:06 AM
 
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Thank you for your replies. We had planned to butcher him ourselves, so not sure about the proper handling thing.
It may be another month before I can get over to see her to do this, so I am telling her to sell him as I really would rather not eat him as a buck.

I obviously need to read up more as I didn't have a clue boer billy's were perpetually in rut.

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Old 11/16/09, 05:50 PM
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Yep - you can eat them in rut...but I give them a BATH first. Seriously. Put them on the stanchion,lots of soap and water, and scrub and rinse. Towel dry, and they're reasonably dry enough for the deed in an hour or so. I tie them with their heads up so they can't pee on themselves, away from the other goats, usually on the butchering deck itself.

There's no way anyone can persuade me to touch the coat of a buck in rut, then touch the meat that I'm going to eat. (grin)

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Old 11/16/09, 07:30 PM
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As others have said, it is possible to butcher a buck in rutt, but you must be very clean. Clean kill, clean butchering and cool the meat quickly. Probably would make great sausage meat, anyway.
My Boer bucks are not perpetually in rutt. They go into rutt in the fall just like my dairy bucks, they go out of rutt just like my dairy bucks.

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Old 11/18/09, 08:49 PM
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Ozark- I have bred in the spring, summer, winter and fall- January being the latest. All took just fine. Do you have only dairy does? Because my girls are ever ready too.

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Old 11/18/09, 09:48 PM
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My Boer bucks will breed year-round, but they are not "in rutt" like they are in the fall. When fall comes around, they smell to high heaven, pace fences all day, and drop about 50 lbs. As do my dairy bucks.
I have Boer and dairy does. I choose to only breed in the fall.

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I'm not a goat keeper myself (though someday maybe when I have some land a my disposal far livestock) but I talked with a goat farmer a while back, and he said to make absolutely sure that none of the skin (furry side) touches the meat otherwise it will taste disgusting. Proper butchering is the key I think.

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My uncle always says to be sure you cut the hair off the front leg where they pee on it and he says always cut the hair off first so that way the meat wont taste like a buck. It does work..

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Old 11/19/09, 11:03 PM
 
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Thank you so much everyone. It seems I need to rethink trying to slaughter him at this point. It seems a waste to kill him until he gets a bit heavier, but waiting until after Jan. for possibly a no rut heavier goat might be better????
I think I am more confused at this point and it looks I will wait until she can get me another goat later next year, castrate him right off and bypass this confusing issue.

I do appreciate all the tips about the processing of goats, it was very good information that I will use next year for when I finally do get my goat,LOL. I would have never thought to bath a goat before eating, but it makes a great deal of sense.

I am wondering if anyone has eaten a young buck in rut and can attest to the fact they are good tasting and not just edible? I know older ones aren't, yuk.

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Old 11/20/09, 03:43 PM
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I am wondering if anyone has eaten a young buck in rut and can attest to the fact they are good tasting and not just edible? I know older ones aren't, yuk.
I had a two year old buck who injured himself during breeding season. It was sort of an accident that he was mine anyway, didn't want him, so I just butchered him. I was *very*careful in butchering, skinning and quickly cooling. He was very tasty.
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Old 11/20/09, 09:23 PM
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Almost all of my bucklings are not castrated- I do not disbud or castrate if they are not going to stay. Have not had a bad one yet. I think the bucklings gain muscle faster than wethers-JMO. I butcher between 6-8 mos.

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Haven't done this, but have eaten a deer killed and butchered in rut. I brine the meat overnight before cooking. I also like to cook in wine, which helps anything taste good.

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