CURRENT RESEARCH PROGRAM OVERVIEW
There has been and is a wide array of research areas addressed by our program. All major
types of goats produced in the US are considered, i.e., ones raised for meat, milk, and(or) fiber,
both cashmere and mohair. The increasing demand for goat meat and decline in the mohair
industry in recent years have resulted in an expansion of research topics with meat goats, but
because the future is unknown, all goat industries will continue to receive attention. The Institute
has and will in the future conduct research to increase levels and efficiencies of goat production,
enhance utilization of goat products, and improve use of goats for specific purposes such as
vegetation management. There is intent to increase economic returns to those raising goats or
processing their products, as well as providing other benefits such as enhanced sustainability of
livestock production systems.
A large proportion of the Institute's research program is made possible by grants, many of
which are through USDA programs. Although dissemination of information generated from all
of these projects occurs, some entail strong extension components. Likewise, there are projects
listed in our international section that entail significant research components.