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U.S. Dairy Goat Inventory
Holds Steady

By Alan Harman

American milk goat numbers were unchanged last year as the national goat herd fell 4%.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says the U.S. all goat inventory was 2.86 million head on January 1 while milk goat numbers held at 360,000.

The data shows the breeding goat inventory fell 4% year-on-year to 2.38 million head. Does one year old and older, at 1.78 million head, were down 3% while market goats and kids fell 5% to 487,000 head.

The kid crop fell 2% last year to 1.88 million head.

Meat and all other goats dropped 4% to 2.36 million head, while Angora goats fell 15% to 146,000 head.

Mohair production was 865,000 pounds from 149,000 goats and kids clipped for an average weight per clip of 5.8 pounds. Mohair price was $4.12 a pound with a value of $3.56 million.

NASS obtained the figures through a random sample of producers. Survey procedures ensured that all goat producers, regardless of size, had a chance to be included. Large producers were sampled more heavily than small operations.

About 23,000 operators were contacted during the first half of January by mail, telephone and face-to-face personal interviews to report their inventories as of January 1 and 77% of the reports were usable.

Milk goat inventory by state

State/Region 2011 2012 2012 as
% of 2011
Alabama: 4000 3300 83
Arizona: 2000 3000 150
Arkansas: 4800 4700 98
California: 38000 41000 108
Colorado: 8200 11000 134
Florida: 5000 6000 120
Georgia: 3000 2900 97
Idaho: 3500 4000 114
Illinois: 4500 3900 87
Indiana: 12000 11500 96
Iowa: 31000 32500 105
Kansas: 4700 5300 113
Kentucky: 5500 7000 127
Louisiana: 1200 1300 108
Maryland: 1800 2300 128
Michigan: 10800 10000 93
Minnesota: 12000 11500 96
Mississippi: 3000 3100 103
Missouri: 11000 9000 82
Montana: 2600 2500 96
Nebraska: 2900 3100 107
New England1: 12700 11100 87
New Jersey: 2500 2000 80
New Mexico: 2800 2800 100
New York: 13000 12800 98
North Carolina: 7000 6300 90
Ohio: 8000 10000 125
Oklahoma: 6000 7000 117
Oregon: 9100 10700 118
Pennsylvania: 16000 15000 94
South Carolina: 2800 3000 107
South Dakota: 2300 2100 91
Tennessee: 7500 9000 120
Texas: 20000 20000 100
Utah: 2400 1800 75
Virginia: 5900 5200 88
Washington: 8500 6700 79
West Virginia: 2500 2500 100
Wisconsin: 50000 44000 88
Wyoming: 1400 1100 79
Other States2: 8100 8000 99
United States: 360000 360000 100
1 Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

2 Unpublished states.

Source: NASS





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