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Map: Literally every goat in the United States

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  • Tue, Jan 13, 2015 - 03:00am


    Wendy S. Delmater

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    Map: Literally every goat in the United States

Did any of you get that early 2014 mailing, that 8-10-page questionnaire from the USDA about what you were growing? (Since all I have is a kitchen garden I had no livestock – but they asked.)

Well, the data is in. Here's part of it:

There's some interesting data here. For example, nearly 80% of the goats in the USA are being raised for meat,, 16% for milk (and milk products, like cheese). and 6% are Angora goats for mohair. I had assumed the ones raised for milk would be a much higher percentage.

  • Wed, Jan 14, 2015 - 05:37pm


    Bill Bishop

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    Livestock Conservancy

I'm considering raising meat goats. Both my wife and I have day jobs, so milking goats twice a day is not going to happen. I just joined the Livestock Conservancy and am considering the Arapawa and Myotonic breeds.

Thanks for all your good posts, Wendy!

~Bill Bishop

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Interesting you're considering Myotonics for meat. They're generally small, aren't they. But they'd be easy to catch!

Boers are the usual choice for meat goats.

  • Thu, Jan 15, 2015 - 11:27pm

    robie robinson

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    Slow food ark of taste

We have some myotonia is our goats.  they're some of the finest table fare! Boers are TOOO dependent on "ectins" to live where humidity is a factor. (the east thru the midwest) Dr. Sponenberg of VA Tech. may hold the finest repository of myotonic genetics. we're heavy into Kiko genetics, but goats have a poor conversion to protein feed ration.

may i suggest Katahdin sheep?


  • Thu, Jan 15, 2015 - 11:39pm

    robie robinson

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OBTW, we have semen from a buck, Arapawa in our tank and have found no reason to use it. too poor of a feed to protein conversion ratio.

we have goats for their milk (twice a day is too much) seperate dam from off spring each eve. and milch-n-morn, returning them together for…. till milch is a needed

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