During the past fall, Wisconsin's goat industry got a lot of attention for its innovations in the dairy industry. And according to the state's agriculture department, Wisconsin's overall goat industry has been growing, as well.
As of Jan. 1, the total numbers of dairy goats in the state totaled 33,000 head, an increase of 10 percent from last year. Meat and other goats totaled 12,000 head, up 17 percent from the previous year. Statewide, there were 1,000 Angora goats. Wisconsin leads the nation in milk goat inventory. California and Texas are tied for second place.
Nationally, the all goat inventory on January 1 totaled 2.93 million head, up three percent from 2006. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.44 million head and market goats were 494,000 head. The 2006 kid crop was 1.92 million head for all goats, up four percent from 2005. Meat goats totaled 2.40 million head, an increase of five percent. Milk goats in the U.S. totaled 296,000, two percent higher than the previous year.