S.C. GOAT INVENTORIES INCREASE FOR 2005
S. C., January 27, 2006: Based on January 1, 2006 estimates, SOUTH
CAROLINA’S milk goat inventory is
estimated at 3,500 head, a 17 percent increase from the same date in 2005,
announced the USDA NASS South Carolina Field Office today. Meat
and all other goats totaled 44,000 head, up seven percent from a year ago.
U.S. TOTAL GOAT AND KID INVENTORY UP 4
All goat inventory
the UNITED STATES on January
1, 2006, totaled 2.83 million head, up 4 percent from 2005. Breeding
goat inventory totaled 2.35 million head up 4 percent from 2005. All
market goats and kids totaled 471,800 head, up 4 percent from a year ago.
On January 1, 2006
meat and all other goats totaled 2.26 million head, up 5 percent from
2005. Milk goat inventory increased 1 percent to 288,000 head while angora
goats were down 1 percent totaling 278,000 head. The 2005 kid crop totaled
1.84 million head for all goats, up 4 percent from 2004.
Mohair production in the United States
during 2005 was 1.82 million pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled
273,000 head. Average weight per clip was 6.7 pounds. Mohair price was
$2.78 per pound with a value of 5.1 million dollars.
Rhonda Brandt, State
Deputy State Director