Iowa Milk Goat Numbers Down 11 Percent From 2023

Milk goat inventory in Iowa as of January 1, 2024, was 24,000 head, 11 percent below January 2023, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Sheep and Goats report. Total meat and other goat inventory was 45,000 head, 10 percent below the previous year.

All goats and kids inventory in the United States on January 1, 2024, totaled 2.47 million head, down 2 percent from 2023. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.03 million head, down 2 percent from 2023. Does one year old and older, at 1.51 million head, were 2 percent below last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 438,700 head, down 4 percent from a year ago.
Kid crop for 2023 totaled 1.52 million head for all goats, down 2 percent from 2022.
Meat and all other goats totaled 1.95 million head on January 1, 2024, down 3 percent from 2023. Milk goat inventory was 415,000 head, up 1 percent from January 1, 2023, while Angora goats were down 2 percent, totaling 105,000 head.
Mohair production in the United States during 2023 was 505,000 pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 100,000 head. Average weight per clip was 5.1 pounds. Mohair price was $6.35 per pound with a value of 3.21 million dollars.
The complete report can be found on the USDA NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.

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