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UPHOFF’S BOER GOATS began in 1998 when we lived at Lexington, Nebraska. We were selling a lot of chickens and eggs to our Mexican and Guatemalan customers. We had a few pygmy goats around for pets and weed eaters and our customers began buying our wethers from us. They began asking us for “bigger Chivos” so we started looking around and doing some research on the internet and found the new breed of meat goat that had just been imported into the US from South Africa in 1993, the Boer Meat Goats.
We went to Oklahoma in May of 1998 and brought home our first 5 commercial bred nannies. Our first billy goat was a ½ Boer, ½ LaMancha. From these humble beginnings we eventually grew to running from 60 to 100 goats on our little 9 acre acreage adjacent to Interstate 80. In July of 2006 we moved to a larger acreage at Elwood, Nebraska and have continued in the goat business until our dispersal early the summer of 2013.
Along the way we have developed a small side entity of locating, buying and selling goats and equipment for other producers on a commission basis. We have continued to do this and have expanded it some since our dispersal. Formerly, we only sold goats for our goat customers, but since our dispersal we have also been buying and selling goats and equipment for other reputable breeders. We were really amazed at the demand for new and used goat equipment when we were doing our dispersal. We also publicize sales, field days, Expos and other happenings for a fee on the Upcoming Events page of our website.
Another service we offer is sending out weekly national goat markets to our e-group of over 300 meat goat producers in Nebraska and surrounding states. If you are not now on this list, let us know and we'll add you.
Also, several years ago we found that the usual “run of the mill” goat feed did not meet the requirements of most meat goats, so we first obtained a goat feed dealership and in the last few years have developed our own goat feed, Uphoff’s Meat Goat Grower that is “souped up” compared to standard commercial goat feeds. We have some “sub dealerships” available for this feed or can supply it to breeders from our place here at Elwood.
If you have some goats or equipment you need to sell or are in the market to purchase some goats or equipment, or have an event coming up, contact us and we’ll explain our commission schedule to you and what it will take to get your stock listed on our website.
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