Holiday Schedule

Do you want to know when the best time to place your boer goats for sale? How about planning your breedings around known holidays?

I recommend you find out what the popular goat-eating holidays are in your area. I did a little bit of research, and this was the information I was able to find about holiday dates at which meat goats may be sold. Different areas of the country have different events that are celebrated by different groups of peoples. At some of those events, the size issue comes into play. So, you have to know what size animals are desired for the different occasions. (Some want very young kids still nursing; some want old bucks - without blemishes; some want that 40 to 60 pound wether). Learning what size/type animal is wanted by your buyers is as important as knowing the holidays/events. It requires a little bit of work on your part if you want to maximize your income.

 
 

In doing my homework we learned Easter is a great time for us to sell. We have to consult a calendar; find out when Easter is going to be; back off two weeks or to the nearest sale-barn selling date roughly two weeks before Easter; back off 3 months for a kidding date; then back off another 5 months for a breeding date.So if Easter is on April 8, 2 weeks prior to that is 25 March. 3 Months before that is 25 December, and 5 months prior to that is August 25. Therefore, to have our "best" product for an Easter sell, we should ensure we are breeding in the last 2 weeks of August.

Of course, your breeding results may vary. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Keep records.
  2. Know how fast or slowly your kids grow to sale weight.
  3. Know your average birth weights.
Once you know birth weights and growing time, then you can calculate approximately how long it's going to take your goats to reach the optimum sell size.

See the calendar below and refer to it for your boer goat breeding plans.


Holiday
2012
2013
2014 Type/size goat wanted
Carnival (Caribbean)
Feb 21
Feb 12
Mar 4
Smelly 60 to 80 lb. bucks
Passover

Apr 6 - 13

Mar 25- Apr 1
Apr 14-21
Milk-fed kids - 35 to 60 lbs.
Easter (Western/Roman)
Apr 8
Mar 31
Apr 20
Milk-fed kids 3 months old or younger. Acceptable weighs from 20 to 50 lbs.
Easter (Eastern or Greek)
Apr 15
May 5
Apr 20
Milk fed kid - 35 to 60 lbs.
Cinco de Mayo
May 5
May 5
May 5
Young bucks, does, or wethers with no more than 1 set of adult teeth
Independence Day
Jul 4
Jul 4
Jul 4
Animals suitable for barbeque - older male or female kids with milk teeth
Jamaican Independence Day
Aug 6
Aug 6
Aug 6
Smelly 60 to 80 lb. bucks
Navadurgara (Hindu holiday), Dassai
Oct 16
Oct 5
Sep 25
Curried tender male goats served. Female goats are unacceptable for this holiday.
Ramadan (start)
Jul 20
Jul 9
Jun 28
Male or female kids with milk teeth. Ideal weight 60 lbs. but 45 lb. to 120 lb. accepted
Id al Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Aug 19
Aug 8
Jul 28
Male or female kids with milk teeth. Ideal weight 60 lbs. but 45 lb. to 120 lb. accepted
Christmas
Dec 25
Dec 25
Dec 25
Milk-fed kids.20 to 40 lbs. optimum weight.
Id al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)
Oct 25
Oct 14
Oct 5
Blemish-free yearlings.(Broken horns, torn ears, castrated, etc., are unacceptable.)

Updated - Nov 20, 2012
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Ken and Pat Motes
Clear Creek Farms
33 South Clear Creek Road
Fall River, Tennessee 38468
Phone: (931) 852-2167
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