New York meat goat inventory increases

ALBANY – New York meat goats totaled 28,000 head for Jan. 1, up 4 percent from the Jan. 1, 2012 total, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Milk goats totaled 10,900 head for January 1, 2013, down 15 percent from the previous year.

All goat inventory in the United States on Jan. 1, totaled 2.81 million head, down 2 percent from 2012. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.32 million head, down 2 percent from 2012. Does one year old and older, at 1.73 million head, were 2 percent below last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 490 thousand head, up one percent from a year ago.

Mohair production in the United States during 2012 was 770 thousand pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 136 thousand head. Average weight per clip was 5.7 pounds. Mohair price was $3.89 per pound with a value of 2.99 million dollars.