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Goat Meat—If You Have Some, I’ll Eat It

I recently read the following article in The Muslim Observer

HILLSBORO, MO—Demand by Muslim and Hispanic communities in America has farmers raising more goats.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Monday that the U.S. goat herd has grown from 2.5 million in 2002 to about 3 million today with more than 80 percent of the animals being raised for meat.

“It’s the No. 1 consumed meat in the world,” said Scott Hollis, a goat specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It’s very popular, except here.”

Farmers say goats are relatively inexpensive to purchase and raise and don’t require a lot of land. That means small and weekend farmers find it an attractive niche market, the Post-Dispatch said. On the downside, goats are vulnerable to disease and major supermarket chains aren’t big buyers of goat meat.

The Muslim Observer is a weekly newspaper I picked up in a business run by an Islamic person. It is published in Michigan. It is a publication fully committed to Muslims living as citizens of the United States.  

Here is the full St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on goat meat.

Here is information about raising goats for meat. 

Supermarkets will sell goat meat if people start to ask for it to be sold. It might take time, but they will.

It’s interesting how demographic changes alter what we eat and what we consider as normal.

Things change because life is always in flux. If you accept this, you are more likely to be well-adjusted and more likely to enjoy the things life has to offer. 

I see here that Muslims and Hispanics enjoy goat meat.

Does this mean that the right will come to see goats as a symbol of the threats our nation faces? Will they label goat keepers as people attacking our nation from within? 

The goat in the picture is a Valais Blackneck goat.

Here is information about goats.

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May 26, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. When I was a little boy visiting my family in Mexico, I was introduced to ‘goat’ tacos and I have to say they are delicious! I haven’t stopped eating them ever since. Goat meat is pretty tender and full of flavor. I would highly recommend it (while we’re at it, I would also recommend fish tacos… try them at Berry Hill).

    Comment by Tito Edwards | May 27, 2008

  2. I’ve had goat meat before too, and can vouch for the fact that it’s good stuff. I used to go to UT-Arlington, and just outside of campus was a restaurant that served Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food – that’s where I “discovered” goat meat. The gentleman who owned the place was an Iraqi who was forced to flee the country prior to the first Gulf War because he got on Hussein’s wrong side. His restaurant was burned down by an arsonist during the run-up to the war, which really sucked because he was such a friendly guy, and his restaurant was awesome.

    I could definitely see the wingnuts raising a stink about goat meat, it sounds exactly like something they’d do. Remember, these are the same people who gave us “freedom fries.”

    Comment by Big Tex | May 27, 2008

  3. Tito–Where can I get a goat meat taco in Houston?

    Big Tex—I could have freedom fries with my goat meat as a balanced meal.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 27, 2008

  4. The milk of the goat and of the soybean kept me alive as an infant. Allergic to cow’s milk at the time. Here’s to the goat!

    Comment by Newton | May 27, 2008

  5. More reasons for goat as part of our diet! Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 27, 2008

  6. The thing is, that if you screw up cooking goat it is purely awful as opposed to if you screw up beef it is still edible.

    Well prepared goat has a couple of places on my top food memory list while screwed up goat has a couple of places near the bottom of the same list.

    Comment by citizenx | May 28, 2008

  7. had some dagnasty goatmeat in san diego at a filipino barbque, it was pretty gamey and not too good. they would have ate a dog but did not have time to prepare one. they were explaining that when you eat dog you must put banana peels on the cut meat to draw out the worms. tasty crew that day. drinking the miller lite version from the phillipines beer. it was almost as bad as a white castle

    Comment by bill brady | May 28, 2008

  8. This has been a more popular topic for discussion than I guessed. It’s too bad I can’t have a cook-off on the blog with different goat offerings.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 28, 2008

  9. “Does this mean that the right will come to see goats as a symbol of the threats our nation faces? Will they label goat keepers as people attacking our nation from within?”

    I just want to thank you for bringing a smile to my face. As a former citizen of India (and a Muslim – although that doesn’t exactly pertain to the comment I’m about to make), I can vouch for the popularity of goat meat. In India, the cow is sacred for Hindus, and the pig is sacrilege for Muslims. Hindus are mainly vegetarians, so the biggest consumers of meat are Christians and Muslims. So what’s the happy red meat medium for non-veg Muslims and Hindus? Why, goat, of course. Christian butchers in India tend to be quite popular with their pork sorpotel and churrasco fares (a lot of Christians in Goa, hence the Portuguese cooking influence). Muslim butchers are mainly goat and chicken and some beef. Hindu butchers are not common.

    All this to say that I grew up eating goat meat (which we call Mutton in India) and it’s DELICIOUS.

    Look, the goat even has a long beard. It MUST be a product of those terrorists.

    Comment by CK | July 9, 2008

  10. CK—Thank you for this kind and thoughtful comment. Nothing I can say to improve it. Please visit the blog again.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 9, 2008


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