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28 October 2003 @ 10:35 am
New Jersey wants more goats  
It's articles like these that make it worthwhile reading the news. I've underlined all my favorite parts.



Oct. 28, 2003 | TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- State agricultural officials want to boost the number of goat farmers in the Garden State.

The effort is being driven in part by a growing demand for goat meat, a red meat that is leaner than beef. While most of the demand comes from Greeks, Mexicans, Asians and other immigrants from countries where goat is popular, experts say it's also gaining popularity in America.

"Agriculture in the U.S. used to be the farmer produced the animal the way he wanted it. Now you have to produce the product that the consumer wants," Dan Wunderlich, an agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Sussex County, told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Monday's editions.

Wunderlich is spearheading the state's goat project, in which New Jersey will use a $31,000 federal grant to encourage more farmers to raise the animals. According to the 1997 farm census, there were 440 farms with goats in New Jersey, and some farmers recently formed the New Jersey State Meat Goat Association.

Although it has more cholesterol than beef, goat meat is considered healthier because it has a lower fat content. A pound of goat meat sells for about $3.50 at butcher shops, and industry officials say the demand for goat meat has outstripped the supply in the United States since 1992.

Ten years ago, 40 percent of the meat sold frozen was imported, but that number has now grown to 60 percent, with most of it coming from Australia. In the U.S., Texas produces the most meat goats, raising about 1.2 million animals a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While New Jersey is not a major player when it comes to raising goats, it is among the nation's leaders in processing the meat. And half of the nation's goat meat is processed in slaughterhouses in New Jersey and Texas.


I feel restless. I've got a yen for something I can't name, something just outside the grasp of my understanding....

Could be porn.

The sky outside is grey today and I wish someone around here made this Viennese cafe au lait that I used to get in State College. I'm feeling dissatisfied with my coffee options lately.

Last night I dreamed I was a helicopter pilot, carrying the Wolfram & Hart team on a mission high above the glittering panoply of Los Angeles. Spike and Angel rappeled. I am sure that's very meaningful.
 
 
 
Sandrawolflady26 on October 28th, 2003 10:40 am (UTC)
A $31,000 grant? Spread among 440 farms? Can you even buy a goat for $70.45?
V. Wishesviciouswishes on October 28th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC)
Depends where you get it. At small town auctions, I don't know the price on goats, but sheep go anywhere from $25-75. Any frankly, grocery stores don't care what quaility the meat is as long as they can put the FDA stamp on it.
Rat Creatureratcreature on October 28th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
I don't get it. Why is it worthwhile too read about farmers raising goats or people eating goats? I mean, goats are normal domestic animals (okay, except when they are totally annoying, like when I was a kid we were on vacation and two goats ransacked our rented vacation home, because they got in through an unlocked backdoor, those animals can be vicious and quite stubborn, after that I knew why they were associated with devils in the middle ages...)
Anna S.eliade on October 28th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
I don't get it. Why is it worthwhile too read about farmers raising goats or people eating goats?

Goats are funny.
Tuesday Has No Phones: confusedthebratqueen on October 28th, 2003 11:12 am (UTC)
I thought that was monkeys.
Anna S.: elijaheliade on October 28th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC)
The following animals are inherently funny:

* goats
* cows
* monkeys
* badgers
* trout
* sheep
* budgies
* llamas
* moose
* wombat

Perhaps not the definitive list, but close. *g*
cmshaw: Messagecmshaw on October 28th, 2003 12:15 pm (UTC)
you forgot ducks. :)
Anna S.: scary_girleliade on October 28th, 2003 12:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I think ducks, like geese, mice, chickens, hamsters, etc, are in the category of funny-by-contingency. Whereas you can insert "llama" into any conversation and enjoy the warm glow of complete ludicrousness, animals like "ducks" and "hamsters" require some context, some build up, before they take on that same shine...this could just be me, however.

Water buffalo are inherently funny.

Hee.
Vanilla  ... Spiked with Slivovitzjenna_thorn on October 28th, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
funny animals
While I'll admit the George Carlin bit has been overemulated, I still think the platypus is an inherently funny animal.
Anna S.eliade on October 28th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: funny animals
And beavers. And leeches. And squid. ("Beavers and leeches and squid, oh my!")

Also, "fainting goats" are the funniest of all.
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: funny animals
What, don't penguins get a look in?
LC (creeps out of lurkdom, saying no more about orang utans)
Vanilla  ... Spiked with Slivovitzjenna_thorn on October 29th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC)
Re: funny animals
Personally, oragutangs freak me out, but I suspect that dates from an overdose of bad Clint Eastwood movies as a child.

On the other hand, I agree completely about penguins.
This Space Intentionally Left Blankbarkley on October 28th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC)
I've got a yen for something I can't name, something just outside the grasp of my understanding....

Cheese fries.

kassrachel on October 28th, 2003 10:50 am (UTC)
I wish someone around here made this Viennese cafe au lait that I used to get in State College.

Damn you. Now I have a yen for your Viennese cafe au lait, too. Or somebody's Viennese cafe au lait. My soul thirsts for cafe au lait, and there is none to be found! *snif*

I must to the coffee shop this afternoon. There will be nothing Viennese about it, but at least I can get myself a mocha or something and pretend.
Abbie Strehlowknotted_rose on October 28th, 2003 11:31 am (UTC)
Spike and Angel rappeled.

Boys going down [on each other]? Don't know why you'd think that was significant. . .maybe it's just the smuttiness of the rarified air over here. . .(^_^)
dancetomato on October 28th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)
I had a great-uncle who had a large farm in middle Georgia. He raised goats and sold them to restaurants in Atlanta, where they served it as lamb. They taste virtually the same, but I bet some of those diners would have been highly aghast at learning they were eating goat.
in search of a clever byline10zlaine on October 28th, 2003 11:56 am (UTC)
Buffalo are low in fat and cholesterol, although take up more room and probably don't do as fine a job keeping the lawn trim (which many a folk use them for in places--goats, that is...).

And you can use their poo for fuel.



Brenda Renetticrickwooder on October 28th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
Heh, I am all for anything that starts bringing more 'garden' type publicity for the Garden State. I am possibly a wee bit biased. or maybe yearning for some porn myself. Except not with goats.
Mishamishamcm on October 31st, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
Spike and Angel rappeled. I am sure that's very meaningful.
Oh, absolutely. One rope or two? Sequentially or in parallel? Up or down?