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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.6
February 21, 2008

The Latest Goat News


Lots of interesting and useful goat news this past week.


At LekkerBokkie farm I am pleased to announce that we have taken delivery of some new bucks, including Davel George, an award winning buck with a wonderful lineage. I would thank Ayala Davies for all her advice and assistance with starting off our great stud herd, which are the result of ten years of careful breeding by her resulting in wonderful award winning goats. We also have all his semen for those who wish to use him for AI breeding. We are currently accepting orders for doe and buck kids from our award winning bloodlines. Contact me at


3rd Annual Darke County Jr. Fair Wether and Show Doe Prospect Sale to be held April 12, 2008 at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, OH. Preview at 10:00 a.m./Sale at 1:00 p.m. Consignors to include Rainbow Acres, Bill Fillers Family, Alpha and Omega Farms, Billy Hankins, and many more to come. 10% of proceeds to benefit Darke County Goat Committee for Scholarships and Barn Improvements. Catalog available Mid-March. Great place to see a select group of show wethers. Greenville, OHIO, Contact Christa, Phone: 937-947-9814. E-mail:


A field day called "Making Meaty Meat Goats" is scheduled for March 1 in Choteau, Montana. The field day will feature national speakers that will address the many opportunities in the rapidly expanding U.S. meat goat industry. It is a fact that U.S. demand for goat meat far exceeds supply, and the US goat meat industry is rapidly expanding to try to meet these market demands. One the keynote speakers is Dr. Frank Pinkerton, who is a retired Extension goat specialist from Texas. He will talk about the meat goat industry, goat selection and management. Another speaker is Gamal Zayed, of Halal Farms USA in Shannon, Ill., who will outline market requirements and processor needs. Halal Farms processes meat goats for the Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee markets. Northern Rocky Mountain meat goat producers, who run 2,500 goats in production, will also participate in a producer roundtable discussion. They will discuss their goat production operations, answer your questions and facilitate discussion of opportunities in meat goat production. A participation fee for the workshop with a discount for early registration is required. The fee covers the cost of refreshments, a catered lunch along with printed information from the various speakers. For further information, please send an e-mail to or telephone 406-466-5952. You can make mail registrations, with your name, address and payment, to Making Meaty Meat Goats at 1380 Highway 220 Choteau, MT 59422.


A zig-zag climb is best way up a hill, and thatís what goats do, although people rather sadly speak about a goat track rather negatively, in fact goats are smart but we wall know that. The academics have been researching this and why we and goats do so even though its 20 times a longer distance. It is official a zig-zag is the fastest way than the shortest distance between two points. One Marcos Llobera, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, and Tim Sluckin, Professor of Applied Mathematical Physics at the University of Southampton, have gone and developed a mathematical model showing that a zigzag provides the most efficient way for humans (and goats) to go up or down steep slopes. There is a point where it becomes metabolically too costly to go straight ahead, so people and goats move at an angle.


Animal rights activists abducted 3 goat kids from Carpinteria High School in California and then subsequently released the poor things in an area prone to predation by coyotes and mountain lions. The young and defenceless kids were found after their release, wandering around in a rural area. These so called animal lovers read goat terrorists from the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for freeing the goat kids, which are part of the school's Future Farmers of America program. An Animal Liberation Front spokesman called Jerry Vlasak claims the school was exploiting the goats. I felt like writing what I thought of this imbecile however I do hope that authorities charge him and his cohorts and give him his sought after 15 minutes of fame.


Archaeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old settlement in an Egyptian oasis and this is now the oldest known farming village in Egypt, where the inhabitants grew wheat and barley and also raised animals including goats a thousand years before the pyramids. What was interesting was the fact that none of the remains of domesticated plants and animals were native to Egypt, and were possibly originally domesticated in the Near East some 11,000 years ago. So where did those goats come from I wonder?


Further to last weeks request for remedy and advice I will have useful information next week.


An exercise in culling feral goats from the air in outback Western Australia has resulted in 2 men being killed after a mid air collision between a helicopter and a light aircraft. The goat culling was part of Department of Environment and Department of Agriculture operation.


Central Kenyan goat farmers are value adding and increasing income levels by selling goats milk. This is proving very popular with small scale farmers. The Dairy Goat Association of Kenya (DGAK) reports that there more than 400 groups of farmers who have joined dairy goat farming. The relatively few dairy goat farmers in the region are still unable to supply the high demand for dairy milk in the country. Currently, most milk production in Nyeri is being taken by a milk processor who manufacturers cream and cheese. Another buyer is a cheese maker, who needs 120 liters a day but can only get 30 litres. Savvy farmers are also marketing milk in various private hospitals, who want the milk for its medicinal value. As we all know goat milk is highly nutritious, easier to digest than cow milk, is ideal for elderly people and lactose intolerant infants. Hospitals are also give goat milk to AIDs patients to help reduce their viral counts. In addition to the milk, goat farmers are making good money from selling their pedigree goats. In 2007, Kenyan farmers sold 835 goats worth around Sh10 million Kenyan Shillings, and this means the goats are reducing poverty significantly. Some of these goats have been sold to Burundi and there are orders also from Tanzania.


Rates continue to stay at similar levels to that end of 2007 and the market remains static. The recent heavy flooding in Queensland has resulted in very minor impact into goat source numbers. The projection is for a pick up in March and April. Reports state that quality remains consistent, however the high Australian dollar is subduing exports. The eastern states goat kill for week ending 15th February was 15,394 head. Capretto (100% Milk fed) 5-9kg 280 to 315, 0-8kg 90 to 155, 8.1-10kg 90 to 168, 10.1-12kg 120 to 185, 12.1-16kg 170 to 193, 16.1-20kg 160 to 182 and 20.1kg+ 160 to 179. Data Source MLA.


A selection of US Goat market reports. Goat auctions are held in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia. Information Source is the USDA Market News Summary Reports

WESTERN U.S. DIRECT GOAT REPORT (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Dakotas, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and California) Reports state that goat trading continues to remain at a complete standstill. No new reported trades. Demand light for available supplies.

TEXAS (SAN ANGELO) All sold per hundred weight (CWT) unless otherwise specified Nannies firm to 5.00 higher; kids firm to 5.00 higher. Trading fairly active, demand good. KIDS: Selection 1 25-40 lbs 126.00-133.00; 40-80 lbs 130.00-140.00, few 140.00-148.50; 80-100 lbs 104.00-108.00; 80-110 lbs shorn show goats 93.00-98.00. Selection 1-2 25-40 lbs 106.00-115.00; 40-80 lbs 110.00-130.00. Selection 2 40-80 lbs 100.00-106.00. DOES/NANNIES: Selection 1-2 80-130 lbs 37.00-49.00; 130-155 lbs. 40.00-46.00; thin 70-115 lbs 24.00-37.00. BX/BILLIES: Selection 1-2 80-100 lbs 88.00-98.00; 100-150 lbs 85.00-102.00; 150-250 lbs 76.00-98.00. REPLACEMENT CLASSES: DOES/NANNIES: Selection 1-2 60-115 lbs 52.00-80.00. Source USDA-TEXAS Dept of Ag Market News, San Angelo, Texas

EASTERN CORN BELT (includes IL.,IN.,OH.,MI.) Slaughter goats sold steady. Trade and demand light to moderate, with moderate offerings. This week's supply had an additional 1031 head of goats. Slaughter Goats (cwt.): Kids: Selection 1: 40-60 lbs 120.00. Selection 2: 40-60 lbs 115.00. Bucks/Billies: Selection 2: 100-150 lbs 62.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 2: 70-100 lbs 45.00. Selection 3: 70-100 lbs 40.00. Email all your news, information and input for the website and newsletter

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