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Goats were one of the first domesticated animals in human history. They have been around for centuries providing man with a source of milk, meat, pelts and having their bones, sinewy, etc. used as building tools.
Goats meat is known as mutton and has many health benefits that not many people are fully aware of.
Most recipes that you can use cow’s meat in you can substitute for goat’s meat!
Goats meat also contains a lot less calories, saturated fats, cholesterol and is a lot better for your heart, brain, skin general well being.
TOP 10 GOAT BREEDS FOR MEAT
The Boer Goat is a breed that was developed in South Africa specifically bred for high-quality meat, hardiness and high resistance to disease.
The Boer Goat is ideal for commercial use as the kids reach maturity in 90 days. The does can reach anywhere of up to around 200 to 230 pounds whilst the bucks may reach 200 to 300 plus pounds.
They are also bred to withstand semi-arid desert type conditions such as sub-Saharan and Saharan type climates!Continue Reading…
The Kiko was developed in New Zealand and imported to the USA in the early 1990’s. They are a large robust and well-developed goat that mature rapidly to around 300 pounds body weight.
The Kiko goat is also very independent goats that do not require a lot of attention as they enjoy fending for themselves. They are used to foraging and grazing in quite rough terrains finding vegetation to eat where ever they can. Continue Reading…
Spanish goats were the top meat goat in the USA before the introduction of the South African Boer goat. They are one of the oldest breeds of goats in the USA that were brought here by Spanish explorers whilst making their way to Mexico.
They are not as big as the Boer goats and are more medium-sized and quite a bit lankier and learner than the Boer goat.
Their numbers went it decline upon being replaced by the Boer goat and although they are still one of the best meats goats they are mainly used for brush control particularly in areas that are overrun by brambles. Continue Reading…
The Beetal goat is a very important goat to the poorer communities in India and Pakistan. They are famous for both the meat and milk production for sustaining families and creating income.
These beautiful unique goats are highly adaptive to their environments, are low maintenance and the does produce at least 2 kids per year.
They do mature quite quickly, and they have really good skin to provide pelts as well.Continue Reading…
The Savannah goat is another premier South African meat goat.
They were developed in the North Cape province of South Africa in the late 1950’s.
A hardy South African breed that is bred to withstand most environments and mature around 90 to 100 days where the buck will weigh up to 30 kgs and the does around 25 kgs.
They are mostly pure white goats with very loose skin and long strange wattles hanging from the loose skin of the goat’s neck.
Their meat is said to be of the highest quality, lean, tender and very juicy.
The Fainting goat can also be called myotonic goats or Tennessee Fainting Goat. They were developed in Tennessee with a recessive gene that causes their leg muscle to spasm if they get a fright or upset. This in turn usually makes the goat fall over or move its legs in a weird stretched manner as if they were made out of wood.
They do mature quite fast and can reach decent weights of up 200 pounds for slaughter. They have tender lean meat that is of very good quality.Continue Reading…
Kalahari Red Goat
The Kalahari Red goat is a really impressive looking powerful goat. They reach maturity fast and can weigh the same if not more than the Boer goat at maturity.
They have heavy stocky bodies and short powerful legs, they are bred to withstand sub-Saharan and Saharan type environments/climates. Can forage out foods in these conditions although they prefer the saltier bushes and shrubs as found in more arid temperatures.
Their meat is of the highest quality and they have an excellent muscle to the bone ratio as well as a food conversion rate.Continue Reading…
Originally from West Africa, the Pygmy goat has a great meat potential even though today it is mostly kept as a cute pet. Their meat is of a high standard and the kids mature at a rapid rate reaching weights of up to 75 pounds for the does and 85 pounds for the bucks.
They may seem small and cute, but their meat is really tender and delicious too.Continue Reading…
The Pygora goat was developed in the USA by crossing the Pygmy and Angora goats. As a result, these small to medium sized goats got the best qualities from both lineage breeds. They got their great Angora fiber from the Angora’s as well as their docile natures. They get their good milk and meat producing qualities and playful personalities from their Pygmy goat breed side. They mature to almost full weight very rapidly in around 90 to 100 days old which is great for both meat and pelts.
These goats are fast becoming popular in the United States mainly as pets as they are a really wonderful easy to handle and maintain a breed of goat that will give milk, fiber, kid pelts and meat.Continue Reading…
Black Bengal Goat
The Black Bengal Goat is a large breed of goat that has good quality tasty meat production. They are a prized goat in some Asian countries. The Black Bengal goat is another goat that plays an important part of industry and job creation in the poorer regions of places like Bangladesh. Supplying both a source of food, milk, meat and fiber as well as an income stream to these communities.Continue Reading…