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U.S. milk goat inventory up 3 percent from 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. milk goat inventory as of Jan. 1, 2016, was 375,000 head, up 10,000 head or 3 percent, from a year earlier, according to the annual "Sheep and Goats" report recently released by USDA's National Agricultrural Statistics Service (NASS).

    Wisconsin leads the nation in milk goat numbers, standing at 44,000 head as of Jan. 1, 2016, unchanged from a year earlier. California is second, with 39,000 head of milk goats, down 2 percent from Jan. 1, 2015, NASS says.

    Rounding out the top 10 milk goat states and regions are:

  • Iowa, with 33,000 head as of Jan. 1, 2016, up 6 percent from a year earlier;
  • Texas, with 22,000 head, down 4 percent;
  • New England (including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), with 14,500 head, unchanged from a year earlier;
  • Pennsylvania, with 14,000 head, up 8 percent;
  • Minnesota, with 13,500 head, unchanged
  • New York, with 12,300 head, down 8 percent;
  • Oregon, with 12,200 head, up 28 percent; and
  • Michigan, with 11,800, up 4 percent.

As reported by Cheese Market News - February, 19, 2016