Have you hugged a goat today?

In Agribusiness, Agricultural Entrepreneurship on March 26, 2009 at 10:26 am

A steady and rapid influx of Muslim, Latino, African and Caribbean immigrants is boosting demand for goat meat to unprecendented levels.

In order to meet that demand, goat producers are popping up all over the map, including Kansas, where the goat population has grown from 27,000 to 50,000 in the past few years.

Texas is still the biggest goat-producing state, with more than a million head, but other states, such as California with 100,000 goats, are catching on.

At this point, more than a third of the goat consumed in the US is imported because there simply aren’t enough goats, even if you killed them all, leaving none for breeding.

It’s hard to say how long this party will last, but the smart money is asking not just, “How can I get my hands on some goats?” But, “How can I navigate my way down the supply chain to take the best advantage of this trend?”


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