What do the goat promoters of the world think about their future prospects?
The goat promoters that once sold out every arena in Europe and Asia and were able to sell more than 50,000 heads of cattle a day, or a whopping $10 million a year for a year, are being replaced by a whole new breed of operators.
Goat promoters have had to compete against the big players in a world where the majority of goat owners live in the United States.
“The horse is not going anywhere,” said Joe Gazzaniga, a goat promoter in New Jersey.
“But the goat is going to have to be a lot smarter than it is now.”
This year, goat promoters are buying a little more than a quarter of the goat herd in the country, a new breed that can compete with some of the big horse and cattle operators.
But this breed is still a new, untested breed.
So how are they going to compete with the big guys?
“I’m not worried about the goat, but the horse,” said Michael DeWitt, the chairman and CEO of the American Goat and Goat Rider Association, which has about 15,000 members and operates a $3 million goat farm in Maryland.
The goat industry is facing some challenges in the past few years, but they’re still there.
The industry is still growing, but its members are not as sophisticated as they used to be, DeWITT said.
The U.S. goat industry has about 10,000 farmers, mostly in the Midwest and western states, and has grown at a faster rate than the beef industry in the same period, according to the American Meat Institute, which tracks the country’s beef industry.
It has also grown in size, with 1.3 million people buying goat meat last year, up from less than 800,000 in 2001.
DeWitt said the U.s. goat herd is still small compared to what it used to have, but he said there is room for growth.
The beef industry, which was created to replace horses, has a much bigger herd than the goat industry.
DeWtt said the beef herd is more than 40 times the size of the U-Haul goat herd.
“You’ve got the cow, and then you’ve got all these cattle and you’ve gotta feed them and the problem is that you’ve lost the horse as a competitor,” he said.
DeMint, who also owns the Big Five horse trainer in Ohio, said he has no doubts about the future of the horse.
“I think there’s a very good chance it will grow to a very large size,” he told The Associated Press.
“The problem is the goat business.
They’re just not going to take it.”
Gazzanige, the New Jersey goat promoter, said there’s no reason why a horse shouldn’t take over the business, but there are still plenty of people in the industry who think that a goat is the way to go.
The United States has more than 7,000 certified goat producers, but about a quarter are not certified because they’re too small.
The American Goat Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes the goat as a healthy, healthy alternative to beef, estimates there are only around 20,000 people who are certified and that the industry is a $7.4 billion business.
Gazziniga, DeMint and other goat promoters say that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Grazing is a good way to get people off the couch and into the goat lifestyle, said DeMints partner, Matt Pritchard, who lives in Illinois and runs his own farm.
He said the goat can be a good replacement for people who want to live with less of a family and a bigger yard.
“When you have a family of six, that is a lot of people, and goats are a lot more manageable,” he added.
“It’s a great option for a family.”
Some of the problems are generational, Pritchett said.
People who are the oldest are usually not as active as younger people, he said, so a goat may take over a lot sooner than people think.
“If they are young and they want to get back into it, I think that is probably going to be the case,” he continued.
“It’s going to become more popular, and you’re going to see a lot less goats.”
Pritchard said that people who buy goats have the right to sell them.
He pointed to the growing popularity of the goats as a food supplement.
“We sell goat products in New York, and we sell them in Michigan, and in California, we sell goat meat, but we don’t sell it to people who don’t want to be vegetarians,” he explained.
“So if they don’t like the taste of meat, they don: Buy a goat.”
Pieters, who works in the goat meat industry in Pennsylvania, said it is the younger generation who are most interested in goat meat.