American Dairy Goat Association Guide to Exporting Goats by Linda Campbell (founding member and director of AGF)
AGF is working to increase availability of goat slaughter facilities for the meat goat market. As part of that effort, the Federation is also working to encourage an increase of production of goats for meat in the USA. We have the demand, but we do not have enough goats to meet the demand. AGF is also working to help producers find the most efficient and cost-effective way to raise meat goats for profit.
Dairy goat products, in particularly dairy goat cheese is a popular product and demand is growing. For Dairy goat producers who are selling dairy goat products, the American Dairy Goat Association offers assistance and information. AGF will also assist with members who sell dairy goat products by putting their products here and linking those to the member's website.
AGF is offering the same service to all producers who are engaged in the production and sales of goat fiber products, whether it be angora goat or cashmere goat products.
If you are a member of AGF and a dairy goat product, fiber goat product or meat goat product producer and would like some extra exposure for your products, AGF wants to help.
For more information, please contact Cindy at the AGF office:
Goat Holiday Marketing Calendar
Chinese New Year
Epiphany, Feast of the Nativity
Easter (Roman) Western
Easter Orthodox (Greek)
Eid ul Adha
Festival of Sacrifice
Muharramm/Hajra - Islamic New Year
Mawlid al-Nabi - Prophet's Birthday
Ramadan - Month of Fasting
March 22 - April 20
March 10 - April 8
Feb 28 - March 29
Eid ul-Fitr - Festival of Fast Breaking
Dec 25-Jan 2
Types of Goats Desired
Western Roman Easter Fleshy, milk fed kids with relatively light colored meat, 3 months old or younger. Suckling kids weighing less than 20 lbs are generally disappointing to buyers due to low meat to bone ratios and high carcass drying losses now that they must be marketed with the hide off. Kids gaining less than 10 lbs per month or 1/3rd pound per day after accounting for birth weight are generally not fleshy enough to be considered prime. Prime Easter kids are generally gaining at least 1/2 lb daily. There generally is a slight price (per lb of live weight) penalty for kids weighing over 40 lbs. Acceptable weights generally range from 20 to 50 lbs with 30 lbs considered optimum by most buyers. Cull adult animals are also popular for stews and curries at this time.
Eastern Orthodox Easter Similar to Western Easter kids. A slightly larger milk fed kid (i.e. averaging 35 lbs) is considered optimum.
Mother’s Day Suckling kids are in demand as well as 45 to 60 lb weaned market lambs and kids. Because of the shortage of market lambs and kids weighing 60 lbs or more in mid May, prices are sometimes high for these larger young animals as well.
Start of Ramadan Male and female kids with all their milk teeth (i.e. not older than @ 12 months). Males can be whole or castrated. Overly fat kids are discriminated against. Optimum live weight is about 60 lbs but weaned kids from 45 - 120 lbs. are accepted by different buyers.
Id al Fitr (The Festival of the Breaking of the Ramadan Fast): Same as for Ramadan.
Navadurgara, Navratra Dashara, Dassai or Dashain Hindu holiday honoring the goddess Durga. In Nepal the holiday runs for 15 days while in India it runs for 10 days. Goats are generally slaughtered during the latter part of the holiday after which families meet together and celebrate with curried goat while receiving family blessings. Female goats are not acceptable for this holiday. Relatively tender male goats are generally used. Size of carcass depends on number of people expected to be fed. Weaned, market kids or yearling wethers are most in demand.
Id al Adha (Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, Eid) Prefer yearlings (i.e. animals with one set of adult teeth) that are blemish free. Large kids 60 - 100 lbs also in demand. Animals with broken horns, open wounds, torn ears or physical injuries generally do not meet the criteria. In some cases, castrated animals or lambs with docked tails are frowned upon.
Muharramn (Islamic New Year): Same as for Ramadan.
Other holidays when goat meat is commonly consumed include Christmas (December 25th ), New Year’s (Jan 1st), Cinco De Mayo (May 5th), the July 4th weekend, and the numerous Caribbean holidays in August - Carnival, Carifest, Jamaican Independence Day, etc.
The Christmas and New Year’s market is for milk fed kids. These young animals are rare, because they must be produced by out-of-season breeding in April/May for Sept/October births. Kids and lambs as light as 18 lbs may be readily accepted. Cull adult animals are also popular for stews and curries.
The Hispanic market for goat is for 15 to 30 lb live wt suckling kids for cabrito, and large weaned market kids for seco de chivo and barbecues. It is especially strong in some regions during Cinco de Mayo, a popular Mexican holiday celebrating the victory of Mexican Forces over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Goats and sheep for July 4th weekend are animals suitable for barbecue, generally suckling lambs and kids for small parties and weaned market lambs and kids 55 to 120 lbs for large celebrations.
Optimal goats for the Caribbean holidays are young, smelly 60-80 lb bucks. However, older animals of all sexes are often in demand and customers may prefer to buy them rather than pay the extra price for prime young bucks.
The Chinese market for goat according to Frank Pinkerton, PhD, is "limited to the six colder months” especially around the Chinese New Year. The preferred weight range is 60 to 80 pounds live, and goats in good health are required."