Goat Industry: Structure, Concentration, Demand and Growth Report
(PDF format - 320KB) (2004) -
The goat is a multi-purpose animal with uses that range from companionship
to commercial meat production. This report describes briefly the
common uses of goats, estimated populations, movements and concentration
points. The goat industry within the U.S. is growing, both in inventory
and markets for goat products. The changing demographics of the U.S.
population is credited with increasing demand for goat products at
the same time that increased hobby farming has resulted in more goat
farms. Growth in the goat industry will continue as long as the ethnic
population within the U.S. continues to grow. The current U.S. goat
population is estimated from the USDA agricultural census population,
state estimates, industry associations and expert opinions. Information
about uses of goats, meat, hair, and other products was obtained
from industry publications, newspapers and magazines and personal
communications with members of the goat industry.
Rabbit Industry Profile Report (PDF format - 687KB) (2002) -
The emergence of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) in the U.S. has highlighted
the need for an overall picture of the rabbit industry. Rabbits in
the U.S. are a dual purpose animal, raised as both household pets and
a source of meat. Canada and Mexico also use rabbits for dual purposes,
and imports of live rabbits from Canada are significant. The various
rabbit industry groups are linked throughout the marketing chain and
there are opportunities for rabbit producers to sell their animals
in the pet, laboratory or meat markets. Rabbits are found in all 50
states and marketing channel interactions suggest that RHD could be
concern to both pet owners and commercial producers. This paper describes
the various U.S. rabbit industry groups, dividing them along commercial
(for profit) and hobby (not for profit) production goals.
Reptile Reptiles include lizards, snakes, crocodiles, and turtles, while amphibians are frogs, toads, and
salamanders. Reptiles and amphibians are native to every continent in the world except Antarctica;
however, most species are found between the latitudes of 40 degrees North and 40 degrees South.
Wildlife Wildlife issues represent a large, diverse, and growing area of concern for individuals involved with animal health in local, state and federal agencies as well as for private ranchers and farmers. Growth in wildlife populations and increased interest in domestically rearing traditionally wild animals has led to more interactions with domestic livestock, and thereby increased opportunities for disease transmission.
Wildlife Industry - Trends and New Challenges for Animal Health Agencies
Report(PDF format - 132KB (2000) - This
paper provides a description of the varied and changing wildlife industry
and explores some of the challenges faced by animal health agencies
as a result of emerging trends in the wildlife industry. There
has been a dramatic increase in the number of captive-held nontraditional
species. Free-ranging wildlife populations have expanded in number
and geographic range as a result of numerous government and private
conservation initiatives. Millions of exotic animals are imported into
the US every year.