Did you know that the United States imports about 700,000 meat goats
each year to try and meet the demand of consumers wanting to purchase
chevon (goat meat)? This statistic alone bolts out an amazing message
that we need to increase the awareness in this country about meat goats.
Californa Meat Goat Association (CAMGA) is dedicated to education and
marketing of our product. Being more informed about raising goats from
birthing to nutrition to slaughtering and much more will keep people
enthused about raising meat goats.
The Poppy Classic is a perfect example of how educational seminars
integrated with this show will continue to promote the importance of
meat goats in our country. Coni Ross presented a "Meat Goats 101"
speech in 2008, while Rebecca Cogswell provided a fresh carcass for our
judge, Beth Moore from Missouri, to evaluate and share information with
2007 participants. This was very well-received!
In addition, many organizers of meat goat production sales have also
included education in their schedule of events. 4-H and FFA groups also
educate while teaching youth about proper care and showmanship, which
again includes knowledge.