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Meat Goats



Meat goats are regarded as an affordable livestock enterprise and are in demand. According to NASS (2013), meat goats totaled 2.3 million head in January 2013, down 2 percent from 2012. Meat goat inventory has declined since 2009.

Texas leads the nation in meat goat production with about 40 percent of all meat goat inventory, followed by Tennessee. Oklahoma, California and Missouri are also significant producers of meat goats.

USDA does not track U.S. goat consumption. Domestic consumption is centered in areas where goat meat is a traditional staple. Goat meat (cabrito and chevon) is rarely seen in mainstream grocery stores because of limited, variable and inconsistent supplies. It is also more expensive than poultry and other red meats.  April 2013 ... Meat Goats



  • Goat from Farm to Table, FSIS, USDA, 2008 - With the emerging popularity of Caribbean and Indian cuisine in America, goat meat is being used increasingly. Goats are under mandatory USDA inspection.
  • Meat Goat Selection, Carcass Evaluation and Fabrication, Louisiana State University Ag Center, 2006 - This manual includes information on live meat goat evaluation, measuring carcass traits and standardizing cutting procedures for goat carcasses.


Businesses/Case Studies

  • Cleaning up with Goats, Beef magazine, 2006 - Missouri cattle producer bought meat goats to improve his cattle pastures and ended up generating a second income from selling kids. 

 Links checked August 2014.

Related Links

Meat Goats and Other Goats - Inventory and Number Sold: 2007 and 2002, 2007 Census of Agriculture - State Data, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, 2009.


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