Goat Meat in the USA
Goat meat is popular overseas, but in the United States, it is still a rare delicacy. Only 1 million goats are slaughtered in the United States each year. Globally, goat meat accounts for only 4 percent of the total meat production. Here’s more interesting facts about goat meat in the USA.
Goats were domesticated more than 10,000 years ago
Goats have odd behavior. It’s probably what attracted man to them. They can be seen wandering about on rock outcrops or feeding on hay or shrubs. They spread out while feeding, which is different from sheep, which tend to stay side by side.
Goats will sample anything. They are known to chew on cardboard, tin cans, and paper. In captivity, goats are fed silage, which is fermented corn stalks and haylage, which is fermented grass hay. They are also fed alfalfa and fescue.
One of the unknown advantages of goats is that they can be sold or rented out to clear lands. Tea farmers require their browsing services to clear away weeds in their tea farms.
There are over 300 breeds of goats and 924 million goats are in existence as of 2011
Goats are separated into two groups. The first group produces milk and the second group produces meat. The offspring of dairy goats are slaughtered for goat meat in the USA. Meat goats are slaughtered for meat as well. The older goats in the herd are slaughtered too. Castration is used to prevent buck odor.
Dairy goats are milked daily and kept in stables. The female dairy goats (does) are re-bred annually. They are put out to pasture in the summer.
Meat goats are pastured year-round. They can be kept miles away from the barn. Goat meat in the USA is on the rise.