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
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
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