Additional tools are needed to help producers successfully produce and market meat goats in Iowa. The project helped revise or create on-line tools to help producers monitor their operations more carefully.
Would it be possible to gather enough production information from Iowa meat goat producers to create reasonable meat goat production budgets? From these budgets can good benchmarks be determined for reproductive goals, feeding efficiencies, and market expectations? What then is the profit potential for meat goat production? Is this potential durable across various enterprise sizes? Are the benchmarks attainable?
Addressing these questions can only begin by gathering actual records from producers in Iowa.
Tom Olsen, Dan Morrical
Year of Grant Completion
DeWitt, Dennis D.; Olsen, Tom; and Morrical, Daniel G., "Is the meat goat enterprise profitable and sustainable?" (2010). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 347.