Goat Meat

Discussion in 'Goats' started by animal_kingdom, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. animal_kingdom

    animal_kingdom Well-Known Member

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    With the last goat meat question, I thought of something I've wanted to know for a while.

    I've never had a goat butchered over 3 months of age. Never tasted it older than that.

    Does anyone know the ranges of the age to eat the meat typically?

    I was thinking of holding onto a buck this year and soon castrating him to keep the meat from getting that "odorous" flavor. I would like more "bang for my buck"....lol...because the killing/butchering fee is the same no matter how large or small the animal.

    What do you suggest is reasonable?
    (I'm speaking for a goat now off milk and on grain/hay/pasture.)

    Thanks!
     
  2. MM Alpines

    MM Alpines New Member

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    I have raised meat goats for the local fair and they are usually butchered around five months.
    Although we have also had people request yearling animals for meat, I think this is too old and
    wouldn't suggest it. I'm not quite sure how old an animal can be before it starts tasting tough.
     

  3. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    They're not goats, but I've eaten 4 year old sheep before. The meat took long slow cooking and was very good. I also had some of the meat ground, and the resulting sheepburgers were really tasty.
     
  4. animal_kingdom

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    That's a thought. A 1-4 year old goat probably is good as ground meat. That's alot of burger but it's so versatile with a large family.

    Thanks for the idea!
     
  5. bethlaf

    bethlaf Homegrown Family

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    ive butchered and eaten older goats,2-4 years
    the meat has more flavor, and its tougher, so its more for slow cooker stuff than anything , its too tough beyond that
    ground for sausage its good though , cause that eliminates any toughness
     
  6. Eunice

    Eunice Well-Known Member

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    We usually butcher our weathers between six and ten months old and they are good eating. I cook them as I would a tender cut of beef or lamb.
     
  7. animal_kingdom

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    Thanks for helping me on that one. I just hate with ending up with only 15-30 pounds of meat. I mean, that meat is good and very delicious but there are many times when herbs and spices lend a wonderful hand at any less tender cut of meat. And slow cookers are great for us, especially on the weekends with so much other things to do.
     
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    We also have butchered our goats at later ages like 10 months or so. Our butcher is able to make a roast, I am not sure what cut of meat it is, but they tie a string around it to hold it together. Cooked in the crock pot and you cut the strings and it just falls apart. Of course, ground meat is so versatile and I don't notice any difference in taste compared to a younger animal.