Bye-Bye Bovines: Should Texas Become Goat Country?

2:17 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Bye-Bye Bovines: Should Texas Become Goat Country?

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Texas has long been cattle country. But there's greater worldwide demand for goat meat. And drought is threatening to put cattle ranchers out of business. So, Texas Monthly asks, should Texas become goat country?
Boer goats, which are known for their stocky bodies and distinctive, floppy ears, have been dubbed “the Cadillac of meat goats.” They first touched down on U.S. soil in the early 1990s, when an agricultural extension agent from Glasscock County imported the first Boer goat into Texas from New Zealand. Twenty years later, they’ve revolutionized the American goat business and pretty much everyone accepts that these kids are the future.