University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division of Agriculture


Goats have long been the most populous livestock animals on the planet. They have been a staple food for many low-income countries. The United States has a growing demand for goat meat. There is an increase in ethnic cultures that desire goat meat as well as a growing interest from the general population. Goat meat is a healthy alternative compared to traditional red meats. Goats also pair well with other livestock animals due to their wide range of palatable feeds. They are commonly used in cattle operations for weed control because of their ability to consume noxious weeds. There is very little information available to the general public about the profitability of raising goats in Arkansas. The creation of the Arkansas Meat Goat Enterprise Budget will allow producers to estimate their average expenses and revenues.