Arkansas Meat Goat Market Strong

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Arkansas’ meat goat population has increased more than 89.3 percent during the last three years, from about 28,000 in 2007 to 53,000 as of Jan. 1 this year, federal ag statistics show.

The number of meat goats raised in Arkansas is growing as the number raised for dairy use is declining — bucking a national trend, said inventory reports released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Steve Jones, an ag teacher at the University of Arkansas credited the meat goat gain to Arkansas’ “geographical and economic position.”

Eds. Note: We wish we had more details on what “geographical and economic position” means exactly. We appreciate it when people speak plain English rather than “ag speak.”

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