Kentucky's Goat Industry

As of January 1, 2015, there were 65,700 head of goats in Kentucky; this is up 3,200 head from 2014. 

Goats, much like cattle, are primarily used for either meat or milking, depending on the breed.  5,700 of these goats were milk goats, which is up 1,200 head from the year prior. 

In 2012, there were 3,797 farms with goats in Kentucky. Although we don’t think about eating goat cheese often, many popular cheeses can be made from goat milk, including feta, mozzarella, and ricotta. 

Top goat counties in Kentucky:

  1. Hart
  2. Hardin
  3. Warren
  4. Christian
  5. Pulaski

Data provided by Kentucky Farm Bureau

Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service and Economic Research Commission


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