The Barnyard Weed Warriors are a group of mainly female goats, from Oak Valley Goat Ranch. We have American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) registered goats and cross bred goats, including Kiko-Boer and Spanish-Boer goats that are bred to produce meat. The goats are generally heavier muscled animals than dairy goats, which are gangly, skinny looking all the time. The Boers and Boer crosses generally are more muscled and the females weigh between 80-175 pounds, while the males can weigh 180 up to 350 pounds.
The work crew has eight neutered males; Aaron, Matthew, Mr. Chompski, Walter, Pippin, Frodo, Cub & Thor. Aaron and Matthew (both Boer/Kiko crossed breeding) are couch potatoes as they learned to sneak through a dog door of their adoptive mom’s house and were caught laying on the couch! So she sent them to work for us. Mr. Chompski (a Kiko/La Mancha bred goat) joined the crew in the Spring of 2021 along with Miss Annabelle. Mr. Chompski was 4 years old when he joined the crew in 2021. Walter is a former bottle baby raised by Mary and sent to live with Miss Penny, our former secretary. He was also a goat yoga goat. He rejoined the crew in the latter part of the 2021 Summer. Frodo and Pippin (a real momma’s boy) joined the crew in the spring of 2021, accompanying their first time moms. Cub and Thor joined the crew in early 2022.
Mary has started a new breeding program and has great hopes of brining the true South African Boer bloodlines back to the forefront of her program. It is her hope to breed an animal that is heavier muscled and have a higher resistance to worms with a kid goat that is ready to get up and go as soon as they are born. Look for the South African Boer kids in the Spring of 2022!
What do you call them?
Breeding males are called Bucks or Billy’s (The meat industry prefers Bucks).
Breeding females are called Does or Nannies. (The meat industry prefers Does)
Young males are called, bucklings until they are neutered or used for breeding.
Neutered males of any age are called wethers.
Young females are called doelings until they have their first litter of babies.
Kids are what you call young goats of any sex under six months of age.
When a doe is giving birth, she is in the process of kidding. Really! Not kidding you on this one!