Industry Status II: Dairy and Meat Goats

Status of Goat Farms in the U.S. II:Dairy and Meat Goats

The number of U.S. dairy goat farms increased by 45 percent, and dairy goat numbers increased by 52.5 percent from 1997 to 2002. The number of farms selling them increased by 71 percent, and the number of goats sold increased 57 percent (Table 4). According to the 2007 USDA-NASS sample data, dairy goats gained another 5 percent in numbers from the 2002 USDA census.

Table 4. Changes in dairy …