Which meat goat breed is best?
Canada is home to Boer, Kiko, Spanish, and Myotonic meat goats. Each meat goat producer will be able to tell you why they raise a specific breed, a combination of breeds, or cross breed of two or more breeds on their farm. However, what works well on one operation may not be ideal for all situations. While insight from experienced meat goat producers is invaluable, recent science has been investigating the profitability of different breeds of meat goats.
Tennessee State University has completed several studies comparing various meat goat traits. A 2017 study by Wang et. al. (Click here to read study) followed a research herd of Boer, Kiko, Myotonic, and Spanish does for six years to evaluate doe health and reproduction by breed.
History of the breeds
Boer and Kiko goats were imported to the US and Canada in the 1990s. Meanwhile, Spanish goats have been in Southern North America since the 1500s and Myotonic goats were first noted in Tennessee in the late 1800s. Researchers hypothesized that goat breeds that have been in North America longer may be better adapted to the unique environmental conditions and husbandry practices.
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