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I believe The Old Ram Australia posted a video of them rounding up wild feral goats by the thousands... The idea being to truck them to processing plants and I'm sure that's where this goat meat originated.
 

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I believe The Old Ram Australia posted a video of them rounding up wild feral goats by the thousands... The idea being to truck them to processing plants and I'm sure that's where this goat meat originated.
Source---where to see said video?
I've seen videos of people killing feral hogs by the dozens and taking them to processors in Texas and all across southern states.
Is that where all the pork we see in the stores comes from?
 
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I did some 'looking into it' reading. Their idea of 'feral' and ours isn't exactly the same it seems, and the most common practice does seem that many if not most of their 'feral' goats that are rounded up do go on feed in lots for a bit before the processor/abbatoir gets them..
I would equate the current Australian practices being pretty much equal to what was happening here in my own county in regards to hogs and cattle when this county was still open range.
 

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I would think that goat meat would become popular anywhere there is a large Hispanic or middle eastern population. When I was selling my young kids at the auctions, those were the main purchasers. At one time, the only got packing plants were located in Texas. That was why the Boer goat trend took off in that state. I could be wrong - I was once!
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Our local Costco here in southern California carries bison. There is a fellow in Santa Barbara County (his daughter was showing market animals in 4-H when our kids were starting) who breeds bison, ostrich, and other exotics for specialty meat markets. He was a custom butcher and when he retired he bought a ranch and started raising custom animals for sale to restaurants. I will check next time and see if this is where it comes from.
 

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I did some 'looking into it' reading. Their idea of 'feral' and ours isn't exactly the same it seems, and the most common practice does seem that many if not most of their 'feral' goats that are rounded up do go on feed in lots for a bit before the processor/abbatoir gets them..
I would equate the current Australian practices being pretty much equal to what was happening here in my own county in regards to hogs and cattle when this county was still open range.
Trinity County was still open range in 1981.
 

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The Australians subsidize their lamb industry and have pretty much cornered the market in lamb meat. I hope they are not starting to do that with goat meat too. American producers have a difficult time competing with a subsidized product.
 

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Trinity County was still open range in 1981.
Must have enacted a stock law since then. As far as I know, the following Texas counties are still open range.
Andrews, Callahan, Camp, Childress, Collin, Cottle, Ector, Hemphill, Jeff Davis, Kenedy, King, La Salle, Loving, Midland, Navarro, Oldham, Palo Pinto, Reagan, Schleicher, Shackleford, Stephens, Sterling, and Throckmorton.

Additionally, the following counties are exempted by Texas Statute from enacting a stock law--includes some of the above counties.


Sec. 143.072. EXCEPTIONS; COUNTYWIDE ELECTIONS. The following counties may not conduct a countywide election on the running at large of cattle: Andrews, Coke, Culberson, Hardin, Hemphill, Hudspeth, Jasper, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kinney, LaSalle, Loving, Motley, Newton, Presidio, Roberts, Schleicher, Terry, Tyler, Upton, Wharton, or Yoakum.

Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 1348, ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1981.
 

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Yup, it went to closed range. My ex had a cousin that had a VERY small property and he let his horses run loose. They came home at night to be fed. Shortly after that, he got rid of most of them. I guess you can have more horses when they can go eat your neighbor's grass.
 
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