The S.C. Meat Goat Association was formed on July 3,1997. Founded by Prentis McDonald who served as president for 2 years.
The need for an association in S.C. of people interested in meat goats had been discussed among various producers for some time. With the recent increase in prices for meat goats at the market and consumer interest at an all time high, the time was right to organize.
South Carolina Meat Goat Association Objective
The purpose of this Association shall be to promote meat goats as a viable source of long term , stable income in agricultural operations; to establish group breeding plans for the improvement of meat goats; and to enhance consumer demand at the retail level.
South Carolina Meat Goat Association Goals
Educate the general public about the role and uses of meat goats in American agriculture.
Promote environmentally responsible uses of grazing land.
Explore long term markets in S.C. for meat goats.
Encourage and help facilitate direct marketing strategies by the producer.
Promote goat meant in the supermarket by helping to facilitate the development of high quality, lean, value-added products.
Promote goat meat as an acceptable meat product from both a cuisine and health aspect in restaurants and hotels.
Promote and encourage meat goats as a recognized class in livestock shows.
Provide educational information on the principles of selection for increased reproduction and weight gain.
Offer opportunities for the purchase of high quality breeding stock through Association sanctioned sales.