University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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According to the USDA January 1, 2005 Sheep and Goat report, there were 63,500 goats in Kentucky at the beginning of 2005. Kentucky ranked 5th, behind Oklahoma (65,000).

Goat numbers’ appear to be leveling off in Kentucky.  Most enterprises are relatively small operations.  Profitability is extremely variable depending on production systems and marketing decisions.



Returns per doe for a well managed enterprise (1.5 to 1.8 kids per doe per year) have been $120 to $145 if marketed at approximately 60 lbs. through a graded sale.