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Friday, January 30, 2015

A Map of Every Goat in the United States, with bonus goat-related links

At WaPo:
There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. If America's goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota -- combined. This is what all those goats look like on a map.
America's goat population is heavily concentrated in the Southwest, Texas in particular. Nearly 80 percent of America's goats are raised for meat. Sixteen percent are raised for milk, with the remaining 6 percent is comprised of Angora goats raised for mohair.
You'll find commercial goat farms operating in 2,996 of the country's 3,143 counties. Of the top ten goat-producing counties, 8 are in Texas and two are in Arizona. In Sutton County, Texas, goats outnumber people 14-to-1. In Edwards County, also in Texas, the ratio is 22-to-1. All in all, goats outnumber people in 21 U.S. counties, all but one of which are in Texas. 
And, because no post about goats is complete without it, here's the supercut of goats yelling like humans (Turn the sound down but not off):



Apparently "Goat Arousal Expert" is a real job.


How Mariah Carey makes goats produce more milk.

1 comment:

  1. So our tax $$'s are being used to count goats?? Insane!! Why would or does the government care where the goats are in the US of A??

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