Meat goats are minimal care animals that are browsers by nature, preferring brush, shrubs, and broadleaf weeds rather than grass and Boer goats raised for meat production are typically raised on pastures.
The main reasons for this are two fold: pastured goats are on average healthier animals than pen-raised goats, secondly it costs far less to raise Boer goats on a diet of brush, pasture and weeds, than on bags of commercial feed.
The ideal option is adequate year-round grazing with mineral supplementation.
Boer goats can be raised effectively in combination with cattle or sheep due to their preference for browse and the resulting limited impact on the grass cover, we do suggest if grazing with sheep that you monitor faecal worm counts more often and drench appropriately to keep internal parasites under control.
Trace minerals, especially Copper, Selenium and Iodine are particularly important to good goat health. Copper deficiency is known to cause anaemia, diarrhoea, infertility, spontaneous abortions, and lethargy.
It is recommended and normal practice to use a fullblood or purebred boer buck as a sire in a commercial herd, both of these will improve the meat capabilities of any offspring, they grow bigger and will in most cases bring better prices.