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Industry Profiles

Goat Goat
The 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 Rabbit
U.S. 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.

Alligator 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.

The Reptile and Amphibian Communities in the United State - Full Report (PDF format - 599KB) (2001) - The purpose of this document is to provide a general overview of reptiles and amphibians including what they are, types of owners, uses, international trade, and federal and state regulations.

deer 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.

The 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.

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