Wisconsin Continues to Lead Nation in Milking Goats

Wisconsin Goat Inventory

Milk goat inventory in Wisconsin as of January 1, 2021, was 72,000 head, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Sheep and Goats report. Wisconsin ranked first in total milk goats. The inventory was down 6% from January 2020.

U.S. Goat Inventory

All goats and kids inventory in the United States on January 1, 2021, totaled 2.58 million head, down 3% from 2020. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.12 million head, down 3% from 2020. Does one year old and older, at 1.57 million head, were down 3% from last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 465 thousand head, down 3% from a year ago. Kid crop for 2020 totaled 1.66 million head for all goats, up 1% from 2019.

Meat and all other goats totaled 2.05 million head on January 1, 2021, down 2% from 2020. Milk goat inventory was 420 thousand head, down 3% from January 1, 2020, while Angora goats were down 10%, totaling 117 thousand head. Mohair production in the United States during 2020 was 589 thousand pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 113 thousand head. Average weight per clip was 5.2 pounds. Mohair price was $5.07 per pound with a value of 2.99 million dollars.