We are Paul, Ami & our flock of two legged kids. Goat Ireland is a family-run small farm enterprise based in Co. Galway. We chose a new diversification in farming and run our goat meat business alongside a traditional sheep flock of 100 breeding ewes
What we do
We rear goats for meat, and why not? It’s the world’s most widely eaten meat. Although not a regular feature on Irish dinner plates, it should be. Goat meat is not only very tasty, it is high in protein and low in fat.
Why we do it
We needed to find another way to farm our 32 acre ex-dairy farm on a tight budget and a new venture into Goat meat seemed the right path for us.
How do we do it
We rear ethically-sourced “surplus” dairy goats for their meat. These goats are classed as “surplus” because the majority of goats born on dairy farms are not need to join the herd and are often put to death immediately.
While we thought that giving a new purpose to these “surplus” goats was a good idea unfortunately the kids from current breeds of dairy goats don’t grow a lot of meat (they are effectively the holstein of the goat world). The research began and we sourced Boer goats, these are a heavy-set & muscled goat ideal for meat rearing.
Paul, always thinking of a way forward, has placed Boer bucks (males) in dairy goat herds across Ireland. The Boer buck covers the surplus does (females), keeping them in milk and we purchase all their offspring kids giving them a further purpose in life.
These 50/50 crosses are ideal for producing quality goat meat and finish anywhere between 6-8 months.