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Calculating the cost of raising meat goats

A new budget spreadsheet from South Dakota State University can help producers calculate the costs of producing goats for the meat goat market

A new budget spreadsheet from South Dakota State University can help producers calculate the costs of producing goats for the meat goat market.

SDSU Extension beef specialist Ken Olson says meat goat production in the US has been increasing significantly and that trend is expected to continue over the next two decades.

“Meat goats can be incorporated as a stand-alone production enterprise or as a complement with beef cattle,” says Olson. As opposed to cattle, goats can take advantage of rough forages, shrubs and provide control for certain noxious weeds.

Find the Excel spreadsheet by going to the South Dakota State Economics website.