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.
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on May 06, 2011
at 09:14 PM
There was an article about this recently in the Washington Post.
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."