Goat Herd Up 4 Percent For January

New York meat goats totaled 28,000 head for Jan. 1, 2013, a 4 percent increase from the Jan. 1, 2012 total, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office director.

Milk goats totaled 10,900 head for Jan. 1, 2013, a 15 percent decrease from the previous year.

All goat inventory in the United States on Jan. 1, 2013, totaled 2.81 million head, a 2 percent decrease from 2012. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.32 million head, a 2 percent decrease from 2012. Does one year old and older, at 1.73 million head, decreased 2 percent from the 2012 number. Market goats and kids totaled 490,000 head, a one percent increase from a year ago.

Mohair production in the United States during 2012 was 770,000 pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 136,000 head. Average weight per clip was 5.7 pounds.

Mohair price was $3.89 per pound with a value of $2.99 million.