We butcher when they weigh around 100 lbs; we've raised some without grain, some with. We just butchered a yearling buck and the folks who bought it from us said it was absolutely fabulous; I had offered them their money back if they thought otherwise...the idea of a buck can worry some, but we KNEW how yummy boer goats taste! The age depends on the genetics and the feed. I would say realistically, a 100 lb goat will be around 7-9 months old.
Wild Iris Farm
"Fair"- the other 4 letter F word." This epiphany came after almost 10 days straight at our county fair.
We have not butchered any Boers in a couple or so years having just had doelings lately but we butchered them at 12 weeks old. They were huge and still nursing. The meat was heavenly. We have butchered dairy kids since then and they are great too but a bit skinny compared to Boer kids.
Feral Nature Farm
LaManchas, MiniManchas and Boers
Member ADGA, MDGA
The main concerned when butchering yourself is to make sure that goat is "gaining" weight. If it is losing weight, the meat will be touch.
We always put the goats to be slaughtered into a pen away from all others and feed them extra of whatever they have been eating for about a month or two, depending on their age at the time. (We like to pen them up when they are around 8 months of age; sometimes we wait a little longer. We never butcher whilel they are still nursing.)
We do them mostly around 6 or 8 mos. They get free choice hay & grain twice daily till the end.
Had a customer very pleased with his meat too. He was so impressed with size & amount of excellent meat that he came back in person a week later to tell us.
Bob and Nancy Dickey
Laughing Stock Boer Goats
"Seriously Great Bloodlines"
and the meat goes on....