Industry Status I: All Goats and Angora Goats

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Status of Goat Farms in the United States I: All Goats and Angora Goats

According to the 2002 USDA Census, the number of goat farms increased more than 19 percent, with more than a 12-percent increase in the goat population, from 1997 to 2002. However, the number of farms selling goats increased by more than 45 percent, and goat sales were up by more than 55 percent (Table 1). USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service 2007 sample data indicated that goat numbers are up 19 percent from the 2002 USDA Census.

Table 1. Changes in all goat farming from 1997 to 2002 in the United States.

1997 2002 2007* Most Recent % of 1997
Number of farms 76,543 91,462 119.5
Number of goats 2,251,613 2,530,466 3,015,000 134.0*
Number of farms selling goats 29,937 43,495 145.3
Number of goats sold 843,773 1,314,310 155.8
  • Reflects the 2007 USDA-NASS sample data.

It is notable that during the same period, the number of Angora goat farms declined, with more than a 63-percent decrease in the population by 2002. The number of farms selling Angora goats declined, with more than 61 percent fewer goats sold (Table 2); and farms selling mohair declined more than 36 percent, with more than 54 percent less mohair sold (Table 3). The number of Angora goats declined another 29 percent from 2002 to 2007, as indicated by sample data.


Table 2. Changes in Angora goat farming from 1997 to 2007 in the United States.

1997 2002 2007* Most Recent % of 1997
Number of farms 5,485 5,075 92.5
Number of goats 829,263 300,753 210,000 28.7*
Number of farms selling goats 1,883 1,662 88.3
Number of goats sold 238,674 91,037 38.1


  • Reflects the 2007 USDA-NASS sample data.


Table 3. Changes in mohair production from 1997 to 2002 in the United States.

1997 2002 Most Recent % of 1997
Number of farms selling mohair 3,826 2,434 63.62
Pounds of mohair sold 5,287,312 2,416,376 45.70

Source: USDA Census (2002).

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.