Finding good local-raised goat meat in Vancouver can be very challenging. We at Painted River farm pride ourselves on selling the freshest available goat meat in season – all our goats are raised right here on Barnston Island – Lower Mainland’s last unspoiled-by-civilization farming community.
Sales for market animals takes place in the fall at seven to nine months of age. Our breeding and pet stock are available anytime after weaning. This is generally at six months for doelings and five months for bucklings.
Meet our goats
Contrary to popular belief goats don’t eat tin cans, but they are curious little creatures and do get into everything. Our goats pasture on the property and we also feed them grain and hay during the winter and kidding time. They are a great companion animal to the cows as they eat the weeds and grasses that the cows don’t. Our kidding season is February through March, and we do fall kidding in September.
Goats are an important part of our offering at Painted River Farm. The herd consists of mainly full-blood Boer with some Boer/Spanish x. Originally from Alberta, our does have adapted readily to the climate of the Pacific Northwest. The combination of the lush pastures of Barnston Island combined with a variety of browse has suited them well.
Boer breed was developed in South Africa in the yearly 1900’s. Its name is derived from the Dutch word “Boer” meaning farmer. Boer goats commonly have white bodies with brown heads and floppy ears (like a basset hound’s) they also come in black & white, solid brown or solid black.
They are know for being docile, fast growing and have a high fertility rate. Does (breeding females) have superior mothering skills and weight between 45-68kg (100-150lb). Bucks (breeding males) can weight 68-149kg (150-330lbs). Kids (baby goats) are commonly born with lots of sibling’s; twins & triplets are not uncommon. Kids mature very quickly they can be weaned from the does at 3 months of age and they provide hours of entertainment.
Boer goats make excellent pasture companions’ to the cattle as they are browsers; they eat the weeds and the grasses that the cows don’t and they can reach the grasses under the fences and on the ditch banks where the cows can’t.