Growing Ethnic Populations Make Goats A Hot American Commodity

April 2, 2006 - Posted at 1:06 p.m. CST

SYLVESTER, Georgia (AP) _ Georgia is widely known for its tasty

Southern delicacies: peach cobbler, Brunswick stew and now, billy

goat.

Thanks to the growth of the state's ethnic populations, goat

meat has become a hot commodity. Experts say goats are a good fit

for Georgia, where they can graze in the same pastures with cattle.

They're also known to gleefully nibble weeds and briars that cows

cannot eat.

Promoter Sidney Law is expecting more than a-thousand people at

next week's special expo known as Goat-A-Rama. Participants get

nutrition lessons, watch hoof-trimming demonstrations and learn how

to milk the nannies.

Visitors also will have an opportunity to taste goat meat, known

as chevon, which is widely popular in Caribbean, Latin and Arab

countries. Georgia is now third in American goat production, behind

Texas and Tennessee.

Law, who's been hosting the shows for the last ten years, says

it's a serious business, though he admits he's heard about every

goat joke there is. He adds, ``I've been the butt of a lot of

them.''

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