Meat goat production is one of the fastest growing sectors of the livestock industry in the United States. New producers, as well as some established ones, have an expressed need for current, correct information on how to raise goats and produce safe, wholesome products in demand by the public.
Langston University (Oklahoma) was awarded funding by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of USDA to develop training and certification for meat goat producers to meet such a need. Langston is working with other institutions to develop a web-based certification program for meat goat producers.
As the meat goat industry grows and evolves, a quality assurance program, that is compatible with HACCP-like programs, is essential. A meat goat production handbook is also in the works.
Meat goat certification web site
Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance Program