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How are goats typically raised in USA?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 06, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I have a halal butcher in the neighborhood that sells goat heads. I would love to get the benefits of the brains and tongue in there, but the clerk says that he doesn't know where the goats come from. Does anyone know if goats are raised better than feedlot cows in the USA? Any information on antibiotic and feed content of "typical" US goats? Are there actually such things as goat feedlots here? Thanks.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on May 07, 2011
at 01:50 AM

The answers have been an eye-opener for me. I can now have grass-fed (or brush-fed) meat for cheap. This made my day.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on May 07, 2011
at 01:48 AM

I think I'll dream tonight of plump goats browsing their way to my plate. Thanks.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on May 07, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Thanks, I feel better now. I think there is some goat brain gnawing in my future.

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:47 PM

ugh. i really didn't need to read that story... poor goat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 06, 2011
at 10:00 PM

That threw me for a loop, too. I thought I had heard of it all.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on May 06, 2011
at 09:41 PM

High on bath salts?!

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(1037)

on May 06, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Good question. My guess is that goats are mostly grass-fed and healthy here, because demand is so much lower. But I have no facts behind that...I hope someone gives you a solid answer.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on May 06, 2011
at 09:14 PM

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on May 07, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Thanks, I feel better now. I think there is some goat brain gnawing in my future.

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on May 06, 2011
at 09:15 PM

According to this link (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/Goat_from_Farm_to_Table/index.asp), most American meat goats are raised on a "variety of open rangeland."

From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boer_goat):

"Meat goats are minimal care animals that are browsers by nature, preferring brush, shrubs, and broadleaf weeds rather than grass. Boer goats raised for meat production are typically raised on pastures. The main reasons for this are twofold: pastured goats are on average healthier animals than pen-raised goats; secondly, it costs far less to raise Boer goats on a diet of brush and weeds, than on bags of commercial feed. The ideal option is adequate year-round grazing with only mineral supplementation. Boer goats can be raised effectively in combination with cattle or sheep due to their preference for browse and the resulting limited impact on the grass cover. They do compete with other browsers, such as deer."

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on May 07, 2011
at 01:48 AM

I think I'll dream tonight of plump goats browsing their way to my plate. Thanks.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 06, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I don't know how they are typically raised, however, I hope this is not an indication.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on May 06, 2011
at 09:41 PM

High on bath salts?!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 06, 2011
at 10:00 PM

That threw me for a loop, too. I thought I had heard of it all.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 06, 2011
at 10:47 PM

ugh. i really didn't need to read that story... poor goat.

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