Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption?

Discussion in 'Meat Market' started by tracyqh, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. tracyqh

    tracyqh New Member

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Ohio
    I've been a beef girl my whole life. My family raised angus cattle. I'm getting into dairy goats, but have a boer doe. I was wondering of the people that raise meat goats, do they put many in their own freezer. I've never had goat and I can't find any near me to try. I didn't know if it was comparable to lamb or not. Also, do you grind it, loins, etc.
     
  2. GoldenSeal

    GoldenSeal New Member

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    Sep 13, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    Good question. I'd love to know this answer because any bucks that I do not find good enough will be going in my freezer. I'd rather have them eaten than sell them as castrated pets. I hear goat sausage is reaaaalllly good. [​IMG]

    On a side note my sister is Muslim and cooks goat quite often. I don't live near her but anyone who has tried it when she cooks it says it really good.
     

  3. tracyqh

    tracyqh New Member

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Ohio
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I'm just trying to be more self-suffiecent and I will have meat kids coming on in Jan. They are for sale regardless, but I thought if they are wethers I would have one for the freezer, but didn't know if I would like it.

    PS: where did you find that dinner icon. That is hilarious!
     
  4. WarPony

    WarPony New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Michigan
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    My plan is to eat ones that i won't be keeping back for breeding or milking. I also haven't been able to find anyone close by who eats goat, so I may eat my first goat roast, hate it, and turn the rest into jerky. Only time will tell.
     
  5. GoldenSeal

    GoldenSeal New Member

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    Sep 13, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I have a ton that I could give the admin :p I just copy past the link that I have for it and put the img thing there
     
  6. Polarhug

    Polarhug New Member

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    Jul 1, 2010
    Southcentral Alaska
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    We do. Haven't slaughtered yet.... that will be that hard part :(
     
  7. Mully

    Mully New Member

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    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    Goat meat is wonderful... tender, not much fat and no different taste like lamb. You can dress it like a cow but the cuts are smaller... a lot smaller. You get chops, ribs. loins, ground if you want , stew meat. If you like curry goat makes the best. I do not slaughter my own goats as I can not kill animals so i send out to a slaughter house and they charge me a flat fee of $60ea. to cut, vac wrap, and flash freeze. All I have to do is bring the goats and pick up the meat. You will like the meat!!!!
     
  8. kannm

    kannm New Member

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    Mar 18, 2009
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    Don't know how we are going to eat our goats. Husband wants to but I don't think I can. I want to be able to, but am too emotional. How can I get over it? eeehhh.
     
  9. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    There is virtually no marbeling & hardly any fat except around some cuts.
    It is much different than lamb it is much milder. More than 70% of the worlds population eats chevon.
    White America is way behind as we are accustomed to beef pork & chicken.
    Anyhow it has less saturated fat, cholesterol & calories compared to the same size serving of other meat plus has more iron & protein.
    We actually prefer ground goat over ground beef any day!
    Since we know what went into the animal who was well taken care of & loved we have no problem at all!
    In a few weeks we will take several for the freezer, one a yr & a half old buck who will be half ground & half brats & compare the ground with a younger animal.
     
  10. lissablack

    lissablack New Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I have my goats butchered that are not productive for anything else. I love goat meat, ground goat is terrific. I just had kid for the first time, 6 month old kid. It is different than goat, and I liked it very much. Goat is hard to cook because it is so lean. So it needs to be rare or stewed, in general. It can get very tough. Marinade helps and other tenderizing methods should too. Fat doesn't mix in with the meat, even on fat goats.

    It is different than lamb, I have never had mutton that I know of. It is different than beef too. Don't know how to describe it, but it is the most eaten meat in the world. It has a rather delicate flavor. If you like liver, it has the best liver we have ever tasted.

    Jan
     
  11. wookiee

    wookiee New Member

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    Oct 26, 2009
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I have had goat a couple of times at restaurants and I found it VERY bucky. Like munching on the beard of a buck in full rut. I couldn't finish the meal.

    It it possible the restaurant got some old, grizzled buck because it was cheap? Is it possible the fat might have held the flavor and if the meat was trimmed it would have been fine? I am not sensitive to the "goat" taste since I drink the milk and eat the cheese and find it very mild.

    I've heard many people say young goat is delicious and mild. Can someone please put my mind at ease? I intend to eat my 2011 males, but I will wether them and process them young, at 5-6 months to avoid the bucky flavor. Will this do the trick?

    Lamb is my favorite meat, but I am hoping to save some money in 2011 by eating my culls instead of buying a lamb.
     
  12. DPW

    DPW New Member

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    Mar 13, 2010
    Crow, Oregon.
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    My two cents. Goat tastes like goat. If I was forced to compare it to another meat I'd say deer. A yearling doe deer. Not a four year old buck. 60-80 lbs is a good size for butchering. The pool buyer in our area pays top dollar for goats between 65-110 lbs.

    Like any other meat what ends up on the plate depends on what you start with and the competancy with which it is processed. A well cared for, healthy animal which is dispatched quickly and humanely and then processed in a clean and timely manner will provide a quality end product.

    They way goat is cooked obviously affects what ends up on the dinner table as well. Goat meat is very lean. Allowing it to dry out will make the meat tougher. Cooking slowly and with liquids goes a long way in keeping the meat moist. Marinating helps as well. If grilling baste often.

    We get most of our goat processed now as ground and stew meat. So many diiferent dishes you can prepare with it that way. And it practically eliminates the problem of drying out.

    Last year we gave a vet friend of ours two 3 1/2 month old bucklings for a party she was having. She does her own butchering and grilled whole quarters using a dry, hot pepper rub and basted with Italian dressing. Was melt in your mouth fantastic!

    In my opinion any goat that tastes off or "bucky" is the result of bad decisions made by whoever prepared the meal.

    Goat is a delicious and healthy meat that can replace beef, pork or chicken in any of your favorite recipes. Put one in your freezer. You won't be dissapointed.
     
  13. tracyqh

    tracyqh New Member

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Ohio
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    Thanks for the info. I think I'll have some ground. I'm trying to be more frugal, plus know where my food comes from. Knowing that the animals were well cared for and not factory farmed makes me feel better about feeding my family.
     
  14. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    We have boers, but haven't butchered any of our own. My husband did buy 2 whethers from a breeder friend, and butchered one this past Friday. I honestly don't know if it was the way they seasoned the meat, but I didn't like it :( It had a really strong flavor and well it....stunk LOL
    However, all of my husband's family who came over for the party which is what the meat was for, said it was great, and took home a lot of it.
    We have the other whether to butcher in the next few weeks or so, and I want it to be cooked differently, see if I like it with a red mexican sauce? If I don't like it, then no goat meat for me! But, hubby and the kids/hubby's family would want meat.
     
  15. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    Love Love LOVE goat meat!! Very lean, very little grease (which I am in heaven to not deal with) and the taste is amazing. I prefer a meat / dairy cross (makes it slightly sweeter) but I would not say that it is like lamb at all. We used to raise Black Belly also, and we got rid of them because we prefer goat so much more. IF I had to compare, I would say a cross between elk and deer.

    We usually have some made into ground, some stripped for jerky, then stew and medallions.
     
  16. FarmGirl18

    FarmGirl18 New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Oklahoma
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I raise our extra Boer and Boer/Nubian cross wethers for meat, we take them to the processor when they are around 6-8 months old, never any "goaty" tasting meat so far, we like to keep the roasts and grind most everything else.
     
  17. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I can't wait to give goat meat another try, cooked differently. This meat wasn't sweet at all, definitely tasted 'goaty.'
     
  18. Desert Viking Ranch

    Desert Viking Ranch New Member

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    Jan 17, 2011
    Arizona
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    If your goat meat had an odor type taste to it (aka buck smell) then most likely the wethers were kept with or near a buck for a good amount of time. If a goat is to be butchered it should be separated from bucks for a long period of time. I would say at least 30 days, 60 is better, but I can't say for sure...any goat destined for the butcher block isn't kept with my bucks at all. The same holds true for milkers (we have a few for personal use)...don't keep them near bucks or the milk will be terrible!
     
  19. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    DVR, I don't know about you, but I've had both meat and milk from goats kept around bucks (in particular, a great hairy yak that goes from snow white to deep yellow every year-big stinker), and there was never any bucky taste. In fact, many people I speak to and many sites/books say that if you're going to butcher young, don't bother wethering, as they'll grow faster and heavier without the stress of being wethered.

    I haven't tried that method, but may do it this year. I don't raise any meat goats, but you'd be surprised how much meat a dairy goat can hide.
     
  20. jodief100

    jodief100 New Member

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    Jan 15, 2011
    Re: Who all raises meat goats for their own home consumption

    I grew up in the Southwest, 3rd generation ranching family. My extended family raised cattle, sheep and goats. Whenever there was a big family event, we roasted a few goats. Cooked whole in a pig roaster, slowly over the coals all day.

    Best pulled meat you ever had! Nice and tender, mild red meat that held the smokey flaver and not greasy like pork of beef.

    Wonderful stuff! The other half had some for the first time at a goat educational meeting they had at KY State a few months ago. He LOVED it!

    With slaughter prices as high as they are, I can't afford to eat my own goats. $2/lb on the hoof buys a lot of "other" meat. If I get a downer, we will eat that since the slaughter house can't buy it.