“Ten years ago you would take a cull female that weighed 100 pounds to Navasota or Hockley or something like that, and maybe get $35. Now you’re getting $95 to $125 for that same cull animal.”
You don’t have to travel far from the Brazos valley to find a big demand for goat meat.
“You’re in, within 90 miles of a tremendous market in Houston. Between the Hispanic, and the Asian, and the Muslim market it’s unbelievable. And there are slaughter plants in Houston who have buyers who might even come, if you have enough, might even come to your farm and pick them up right there and pay the market price for them.”
Custom processing facilities have popped up to satisfy demand.
“They have pens of three or four hundred goats there, and they bring them up to the little pens, the guys drive by and come up and look at the goats in the pen, pick out the one they want, they pay for it there, then they pay a charge for custom slaughter, they walk, they accompany the goat into the plant and it’s custom slaughtered, put into boxes, and they pay for the whole thing that way.”
But the most common place goats are sold is still an auction barn, and goat meat is finding its way to select grocery stores.
“It already is in some places like Fiesta, yeah, and HEB has it in some stores depending on the districts within Houston.”
“It’s something people like or don’t like. The Hispanics and the Muslims and the Asians love it. They love it, and I think some of the yuppies love it too,”
Prices for goats have risen a minimum of 6% every year for the last 10 years and there seems to be a very strong, sustained demand, pointing to a bright future for Texas goat producers.