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PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Looking for a different centerpiece for the Christmas holiday
meal? Why not consider goat, asks David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock
specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
“Goat is rapidly growing in popularity in the United States, but some Americans may
be afraid to try goat because they think it will taste gamey,” Fernandez said. “This
isn’t so. Goat is a mildly flavored, nutritious red meat.”
Goat can be difficult to find because grocery stores rarely carry it. If you ask at
the meat counter, butchers will be happy to order it for you. You may also find it
under the name chevon or cabrito.
Roast Leg of Goat
1 boneless, rolled and tied leg of goat (approximately 3 pounds)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings (to taste)
Heat butter and olive oil in cast iron pan. Add minced garlic and saute over medium
heat. Rub kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper on roast. Sear roast on all sides
and drizzle with lemon juice. Top with Italian seasonings, add one-half cup water
to pan and cover roast loosely with aluminum foil. Place in preheated 275-degree oven
until roast reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Remove roast from oven
and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing across the grain.
Tip: If boneless leg is unavailable in the meat case, ask the supermarket meat cutter
to bone a leg.
Goat producers interested in selling kids to the Christmas market need to plan their
breeding calendar carefully.
“Most kids have been sold by July, and few are available in December so the Christmas
market presents a real opportunity,” says Dr. Fernandez. Milk-fed, Christmas kids
should weigh between 40 and 60 pounds. Assuming a 7-pound birth weight for your kids
and an average growth rate of a half-pound per day, your does need to kid in mid-September.
Does will need to be bred early to mid-April, which can be a difficult time of the
year to breed goats.
Some goat breeds, such as Savannas and Myotonic goats, are easier to breed out of
season than others. Be sure does are in good body condition to improve pregnancy rates.
Two Extension fact sheets may help -- FSA 9607 Introduction to Goat Reproduction (http://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-9607.pdf) and FSA 9610 Body Condition Scoring Sheep and Goats (http://www.uaex.uada.edu.publcations/PDF/FSA-9610.pdf). For more information, contact Dr. Fernandez at (870) 575-7214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Carol Sanders
UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Media Contact: Carol Sanders Writer/EditorU of A-Pine BluffSchool of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences(501) email@example.com