The Boer Breed
The development of the Boer goat in the early 1900s can be traced to the Dutch farmers of South Africa. Boer is in fact a Dutch word meaning "farmer". With a tendency to wander afield (ours have ended up 4 miles NW at the turbine farm resulting in a 6 a.m. call from the Sheriff), they aren't the easiest animals to maintain, but with exceptional quality and flavor setting the selection criteria, we find them to be worth the effort.
It's unfortunate though, that so many of our customers in Eastern Washington and the greater Seattle area haven't tasted goat, or have tasted some that wasn't cooked properly and consequently swore off the protien forever. Goat, however underappreciated in the United States, is the most widely cosumed red meat in the world by approximatly 63% of the worlds population. When cooked properly to tender perfection it has a wonderfully balanced sweet and savory profile with rich, meaty flavor, which is probably why it is quickly gaining traction in upscale restaurants as a new, darling avant-garde dish. It's also one of the leanest meats available, making it a great choice for the health conscious carnivore.
The American Boer Goat Association has some interesting information.
How We Sell
Our goat is available by the whole or half. Each package will includes a variety of chops, ribs, steaks, ground and stew meats. Orders may be customized; if you need help customizing your order, we recommend the cut guide at The American Lamb site, as lamb cuts are identical to goat cuts. All our animals are sold by the live weight where you will receive approximately 50% of it as hanging weight; the actual meat you receive will be less due to the cutting away of the bones and fat. We are able to provide you with the average weight of a goat for estimating purposes, but each animal is different, so your meat may be a little bigger or a little smaller, and your final price will reflect this. Calculated into the purchase price is the butchering fee, which you will pay directly to the butcher. Once your meat is ready, it can be picked up at the ranch or our affiliated office in Bellevue. We make it super easy to get clean, quality meats free of hormones, stimulants, antibiotics and ionophores.
Consistent with all offerings, our animals are never fed nor given antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, stimulants or ionophores and our fields do not receive herbicides or pesticides bringing you a healthier product and a sustainable ranching operation. Our ranch has the very difficult to attain WSDA Organic Certification on its pastures with the animals subsequently born on the ranch being WSDA Certified Organic as well.
Terminology: There are some incorrectly used terms when asking for pastured goat. “Free range” is a term used primarily in the egg industry indicating a certain degree of non-confinement. The degree of confinement is the question which can vary a great deal. Our goats and sheep are not equal in their level of confinement we provide. Our sheep generally stay in the vicinity of our ranch so they for the most part are free range animals except for spring birthing when we want them around to assist if needed. Our goats however have had their free range ticket jerked after numerous phone calls from neighbors and our local sheriff on a first name basis asking if we were missing goats. They definitely have a tendency to wander and are now confined to a 35 acre field. Goats provide a disproportionate amount of overseeing but are a hoot to watch with their lively entertainment. They have shelters which they can retreat to in order to escape adverse weather. “Natural” is a term typically meaning farming and ranching using no chemical or manufactured products including synthetics and is a couple notches below our WSDA Certified Organic designation. The best way to see how freely ranging our animals are is to come for a visit which we strongly encourage. Other goat terms: Billy/Buck: an intact male goat, Buckling: young male goat, Dam: mother goat, Disbudding: burning the horn buds so horns do not grow-we do not do this, Doe: female goat, Doeling: young female goat, Kid: baby goat and same term means to give birth, Wether: castrated male.