Weights are primarily the determining factor for assessing the kids. We take into consideration the number of siblings (ie. single, twin, triplet) but other than that all things are essentially equal in terms of environmental influences. Our red and black colored Boer kids are selected for meat goat traits - weight, volume and muscle. Kids with the highest weaning weights should be those whose dams produce the best milk.
These kids are also likely to be individuals who exhibit the highest resistance to disease, coccidia and worms. Another weigh-in is done at the marketing stage – usually about 8 to 9 months of age. This is usually a good indication of the individual’s ability to thrive and compete in the herd.