Pygmy goats for meat ? ? ?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by NS2A, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. NS2A

    NS2A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 2 pygmys that are about 10-11 months old. I know it's not typically done, but can these be butchered? How much meat can I expect from a 40 lb live weight goat? What's a fair price to process? I'd be sending these to a processor and probably just get sausage made.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    Pygmy goats can be used as a meat goat. Sorry I have no idea about the cost or how much meat you'll get
     
  3. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    They can be used for meat, but I doubt you'll get very much. The goat in my freezer live weight was about 100lbs and yielded about 50lbs. I can't tell you what the butcher charged (since I bought from a friend) but total cost to me was $100 for the goat, processing, and packaging. I do have several cuts (chops, burger, roast etc) and at $2 a lb sure beats supermarket prices...hamburg typically runs about $3-4 lb last time I checked.

    I think when you figure in butcher cost, you might find it more "profitable" to sell them as pets because I don't think you'll get more then 15-20 lbs of meat out of each one.
     
  4. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    With butchering any animal you will lose 1/3 or more of the body weight. I do not have a clue what butchering would cost for a goat, for a deer it is around $50.00.
     
  5. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you aren't "attached" you could do the butchering yourself. Especially if you are just making sausage. I got tired of paying to have deer processed, found some folks who needed help taking care of theirs, learned by doing. I have a grinder that attaches to my Kitchen Aid mixer, or you can get one fairly cheap these days that is a stand alone, you may just have to cut the pieces up a little smaller. There are attachments that go right onto the end of the grinder that you can put the casings on, makes it really easy. I make patties or leave it in a bulk bag and freeze it that way. Now I am saying this having butchered deer, not a goat, but I can't imagine that it would be too much different. My local library has videos that show butchering processes. Good FREE reference to use.
     

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