Farmer to Farmer

The owner of Planet Goat farm gives ad­vice on trim­ming the hooves of a barn­ful of Bo­ers.

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS - MARGIE LY­TLE

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...

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