Considerations on Organic Production
Organic products are in demand by consumers who are willing to pay a premium price for the assurance that the product has been produced following organic principles. Producers wishing to produce and market meat goats or meat goat products as “organic” should consider both the potential profit and any added expense of organic production. Producers should be prepared to deal with animals that must receive antibiotic or other chemical treatment that renders them not “organic” and have facilities to maintain and raise those animals out of contact with the “organic” herd. If a producer wishes to market meat directly to consumers, via the internet for example, then an organic certified abattoir must be found. Finding and purchasing organic feed, or organic forage seed to plant, is another consideration. Formulating a thorough plan and taking an evaluative look at your operation and how it must be changed will assist in the decision making process.