- Mar 18, 2013
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- Southern Middle TN
Yes Mike I kinda know where you are. In 1976 we lived in Decatur and my wife worked in Athens.Hair sheep are bred for meat. In our case we have a bunch of Katahdin/Dorper cross.
We are just 20 miles north of the Alabama line and just off of I-65 if that gives you any idea. Athens is another 20 miles or so.
Thanks Latestarter,Greetings and welcome to BYH Glenn! So glad you joined us. There's a wealth of info, knowledge and experience shared in the multitude of threads. Browse around and see what interesting stuff you can find. By all means post away when the desire strikes you, especially if you have questions (provide as much detail/info as possible and pictures truly help)... With all the great folks here, generally someone will respond in no time at all. Please make yourself at home!
Just to throw it out there, for what it's worth, Goats are "primarily" browsing animals... they prefer leaves, twigs, bark, vines, woody weeds, landscaping shrubbery or any other plants you DON'T want them to eat... well, you get the idea. Sheep are "primarily" grazers... they eat grasses but will ALSO eat browse as well. I share this because you might find sheep to be a better fit with what you intend with respect to your pasture. Also, you might have a better market for sheep meat over goat meat. There are certain cultures that prefer goat, and there are certain things that you'll need to know with this, such as some will only purchase unaltered male goats, etc. You really need to be aware of your market. I'd suggest contacting a few butcher shops and ask if they have clients seeking either. You can also look at local advertising to see if anyone else is selling what you're anticipating selling.
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That's great Mike CHS, By networking and working and sharing knowledge and recourses. I can't seem to find anything in north MS. Other than folks buying and selling to clear land. But I am still looking.The market in Tennessee is getting better all of the time. They have been around for awhile now and getting bigger all of the time. There are several associations all around that have a pretty good networking situation going on.
Thanks Mike CHS, I have found that group on Facebook and joined, seems all everyone wants to do is sale and buy. ThanksHope that link works but it may be a start. I searched for "meat goat Mississippi" but boer goat and MS should work also. They look to have several Facebook pages.