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US Milk Goat Inventory As Of January 1, 2016 Was 375,000 Head, Up 10,000 Head From 2015

The US milk goat inventory as of January 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, released last Friday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The US milk goat inventory has now increased by 52,000 head since January 1, 2008.
Wisconsin continues to have more milk goats than any other state. As of January 1, 2016, there were 44,000 milk goats in Wisconsin, unchanged from a year earlier but up 9,000 head from the beginning of 2008.

California ranks second in milk goat inventory; as of January 1, 2016, California had 39,000 milk goats, 1,000 fewer than a year earlier but 3,000 head more than on January 1, 2008.

Ranking third in the number of milk goats as of January 1, 2016, was Iowa, with 33,000 head, up 2,000 head from a year earlier and 10,500 more than on January 1, 2008.

One other state had more than 20,000 milk goats as of January 1, 2016: Texas, which had 22,000 head, 1,000 fewer than a year earlier but 1,000 more than on January 1, 2008.

States or regions with more than 10,000 milk goats as of January 1, 2016, with comparisons to a year earlier, were: New England (which includes Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island), 14,500 head, unchanged; Pennsylvania, 14,000 head, up 1,000 head; Minnesota, 13,500 head, unchanged; New York, 12,300 head, down 1,100 head; Oregon, 12,200 head, up 2,700 head; Michigan, 11,800 head, up 500 head; Indiana, 11,500 head, unchanged; Missouri, 11,300 head, up 1,400 head; and Colorado, 11,000 head, up 1,000 head.

States with 5,000 or more milk goats as of January 1, 2016, with comparisons to a year earlier, were: Florida, 9,500 head, up 3,100 head; Illinois, 5,600 head, up 100 head; Kentucky, 5,000 head, down 700 head; North Carolina, 8,100 head, up 100 head; Ohio, 9,500 head, down 500 head; Oklahoma, 6,600 head, down 300 head; Tennessee, 7,200 head, up 900 head; Virginia, 5,700 head, up 1,200 head; and Washington, 8,000 head, up 800 head....