Oakmarsh Boer Goats are based on a smallholding in a rural villlage in North Essex.
We breed Boer Goats, Wiltshire Horn Sheep, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Chickens!
We started keeping Boer Goats in 2009, primarily to keep down the brambles around the smallholding and also to breed for meat.
We breed Wiltshire Horn sheep for their quality meat, they are self shedding sheep so are less prone to fly strike and do not need shearing, they still have water resistant coats.
Boer goats originally came from South Africa, the British Boer Goat has been developed to better suit our climate but they still require shelter from the rain and wind as they are not insulated and water resistant like the sheep.
Boer goats are the only breed of goat specifically bred for meat, most other goat breeds being used for dairy products. You can still milk Boer goats but their short legs make it more difficult!
We keep some Golden Guernsey / Saanen X Boer girls as well as the pure Boer girls, these are the goats we would recommend for crossing with a Boer billy to get faster growing meat kids and then a milking nanny, the mums tend to have more milk than the pure boers and their longer legs make milking easier!
We occasionally have pure and cross bred Boer goats for sale.
Goats are ideal for rotating fields with horses / sheep. They fertilise the fields and eat the longer, coarser grass, weeds, saplings and brambles. Boer goats tend to be quite docile animals compared to dairy goat breeds.
If you want female goats and wish to milk them then you will need to put them in kid, you then have to decide what to do with the kids. Boer goat billy kids are usually castrated and used for meat or sold as pets, the girl kids can be kept for breeding or used for meat if not of good quality.
Wethers (castrated males) can make the best pets as they do not need putting in kid or milking and can be trained to pull a cart!
If you pre-order your goats then we can have them disbudded so that they don't grow horns, this needs to be done in their first week of life. We leave the horns on our breeding stock as we feel it is more natural and allows them to lose heat in the summer. If the goats are good tempered, as ours are, then you shouldn't worry about the horns.
Please email kirsty at firstname.lastname@example.org for current availability.