Goat meat – or mutton as it is commonly known – is a good source of protein and is healthier than red meat due to its low levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. Caring for goats is relatively stress-free because they are easy to tame and highly adaptable to most environments yet remarkably productive. Around 2.6 to 2.7 million meat goats in the United States alone are reared annually.
List of Meat Goats
Here is a list of goats raised for their meat, arranged in order of the highest possible weight of the breed.
|Average Size (in lbs)
Raising Goats for Meat
It is important to keep these things in mind while rearing meat goats.
- Cleaning up after them – While goats can thrive in pastures or shelters that just need a cover, they are prone to being quite messy. You’ll probably have to clean up after your goats daily, sometimes more than once.
- Butchering time – Some breeders will butcher their goats after a year when most goat breeds reach butchering size. But sometimes, it might be better to wait a bit longer as older goats weigh more and sell at higher prices.
On the other hand, the Boer goat’s docile temperament and high productivity make it a great choice for someone starting out.
The Kiko goat is the best for someone living in colder regions.
On average, 6-8 meat goats can be kept on a pasture about an acre wide.
Meat goats need a diet of high-nutrient food like corn, wheat, and soybeans.
Usually, female meat goats live for 11-12 years, while castrated rams can live for 16 years.