Farmer to Farmer
The owner of Planet Goat farm gives advice on trimming the hooves of a barnful of Boers.
A:In my personal experience, Boer goat hooves do not grow faster and have about the same rate of growth per month as the hooves of dairy goats. I have found that Boer goat hooves can be a little harder to trim than dairy goats, but it seems as though the goat’s size is the greatest factor. I have trimmed moderate-size Boer does with an average thickness to the hoof horn and some very large does with hard, thick horn. However, my largest Nubian and Nubian-Boer crossbreed wether goats have hooves just as hard as a typical purebred Boer. For those goats I use nippers, not standard hoof trimmers, and I often soak the hoof in plain water for about one minute if the weather has been very dry. I try to save the trimming for a morning after a good rain when the bigger animals have been on the pasture for a couple of hours, though that isn’t always possible (and in western Colorado it often isn’t). That’s when soaking makes a world of difference. LAUREN HALL RUDDELL OLATHE, COLORADO
Margie Lytle is a born-and-raised Alaskan who lives on a 35-acre farm with her husband and their six children. Her two current Boer meat goats, named Lilly and Petunia, both a year old, were born on the farm to her daughters’ 4-H doe. Boer meat goats...