One of our kids in one of the hay troughs.
Why Consider Goat Meat? The answer is simple…
While it may be difficult for some to believe, 70% of all the red meat eaten on Earth is goat meat. Of the billions of people in this world, 70% of them eat goat meat. The USA is the only country where goat meat is not viewed as an acceptable substitution to beef, pork, poultry or chicken. The boer breed is the breed of goat most consumers choose to eat. This is because the breed influences the taste of the meat for more mild, veal like taste. Also, the molecular structure of goat meat makes it a superior animal to raise for meat due to the ability of the boer to be double-muscled. This also aids in digestibility for those who require a special diet.
Goat meat is very commonly called chevon and cabrito. Chevon is a typically a term used to describe the meat of older kids and adult goats. Cabrito is generally a term used to describe the lighter, tender flesh of milk-fed kids. Whether it is called chevon, cabrito, or goat, this type of meat is a very lean, healthy alternative to the numerous types of red meat listed in the table below.
The United States imports approximately 1.5 million pounds of goat meat every week from countries such as New Zealand and Australia. Due to the shipping requirements, this meat has been through a rigorous process that requires it to be slaughtered, processed, packaged, frozen and then shipped to the United States for personal consumption. Realizing that the goat meat you are likely to buy goes through this timely process, why wouldn't you purchase fresh goat meat from a local farm in the your area?
3 oz. cooked meat Calories Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Protien (g) Iron (g) Cholesterol (g)
Goat 122 2.58 0.79 23 3.2 63.8
Beef 245 16.0 6.8 23 2.0 71
Pork 310 24 8.7 21 2.7 73.1
Lamb 235 16.0 7.3 22 1.4 78.2
Chicken 162 3.5 1.1 21 1.5 76