Skip to comments.Decline Watch: America's goat population to remain a mystery
Posted on 11/11/2011 8:56:00 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
Last year, Wisconsin led the nation in mink farming, producing 833,430 pelts. Texas was the undisputed king of pansies, growing 1.8 million flats of the flowers. And no state harvested more hops than Washington, with 24,336 acres.
This year? Who knows? The government has stopped counting.
Forced to cut its budget, the Agriculture Department has decided to eliminate dozens of reports, including the annual goat census (current population: three million), and the number of catfish on the nations fish farms (177 million, not counting the small fry).
The statistics service said it was forced to reduce the frequency of some reports and eliminate others because its budget was cut for the fiscal year that ended in September and it expects further cuts for the current year. The eliminated reports will save $11 million a year.
These are not cuts we wanted to make, but budget reductions by Congress made it necessary, said Matt Herrick, a spokesman for the Agriculture Department.
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Dreadful! What will we do without this information?
We could have a Goat Gap and not even know it. Our enemies will win.
I don’t know if I can live with this. Should we have #OccupyGoatFarms?
I think this is how ancient Rome was finally done in.
Also, will I still be able to get secret prerelease information on frozen concentrated orange juice production?
Just count the number of muslim men in the country and multiply by 3..........
Well, we can start the count here.
We have four: Jake and Ellwood and Blanche and Rose.
We had three others Earl, Earl and Earl but, sadly, they are deceased.
FYI Goats are very fragile healthwise. Once they get bloat or a blocked urinary tract, there is really nothing anyone can do.
Hmm, this could have consequences for the computer industry in Texas:
13 fainting goats here.
Some thoughts on that. Compared to the OWS gatherings; OGF (Occupy Goat Farms) would:
—be more intellectually stimulating
—have better manners
—be around more attractive company
Liberals say its too expensive to count people, so they want to estimate population, especially those areas high in illegals. To save money, they want to use statistics.
So, liberals out there... how about using statistics to count goats? Some of these goats might be illegals! (actually, I suppose its the ornithologists that REALLY want to count illegals).
Ive come to realize that all these government departments, which sounded so good and logical in seventh grade civics, are merely a means of giving political supporters tax money; which in turn gets creamed back to the politician/party.
It’s easier to cut reports than to fire your Democrat friends and relatives.
This is the same Federal Department which wants to revive the NAID program. National Animal ID. Chip every crreature....reports for every time you move any animal off or back onto your farm.
IE: IF I ride one of my horses off my property & ride for a couple of hours with a neighbor, we both must file a report within 24 hours (Many of my neighbors do not have computers) that says where we are going-why-what route-when we expect to return, etc.
Then when back on the property, a similar report has to be filed, with all the matching information.
Fine for not doing so within 24 hours? $5000 per animal per trip in & trip out.
There is also a push to declare horses COMPANION ANIMALS. That prevents us from breeding them & selling them for more than $500 per horse. Guess I will have to find another way to collect funds for the gelding I have in training that is for sale.
Perhaps $500 in cash & the rest in gift certificates from the local grocery store?????
24 Boers and multiplying... had to stop naming them when i started eating them. :|
If the govt. doesn’t know how many there are that is a good thing and might prevent the govt. from deciding that there are too many of something. The marketplace must decide how many of anything is needed and the marketplace must also decide the value.
Trust the invisible hand. Goat counting comes from central planning which will destroy us.
I think that this is a brilliant idea, and the NAID Nannies should set an example by doing it first to themselves.
I'd love to know when they get near my house.
On a more serious note, I wonder how what they're proposing is even enforceable.
I appreciate double entendres...
I’m having a hard time believing this, but then again... What is the logic for this? Hell, do these horses have wings and you have to file a flight plan?
OMG raise taxes, I cannot live without this information....GG LOL
Now that is downright cold...:O(
We had Nubians when I was a teenager (one male, one female, and they obviously had some babies). One of the offspring got bloat and died, unfortunately. They were great for eating the thorns and poison ivy (which I’m highly allergic to). They are also very entertaining little critters—except when they tap dance on the hood of a car. ;) I wouldn’t mind having another one.
Use to raise Angora’s, started with 18, 5 years later up to about 80. Then had to sell the farm. Goats are lovely creatures, just ask Elsie
thanks for the ping, but taxchick is sure cold...LOL There are more angora goats in Texas than there are people...
I have nothing against goats, but some are intended for eating. Some of my relatives in Missouri were doing quite well raising sheep and goats for sale to the Moslem population up in Michigan.
Jack and Casper and Ellie Mae and Gracie.
EM is on the right.
Angora's are not as big as some breeds of goat, you lose about 55% after butchering. Beef you lose about 45-50% in hanging weight...our 1600 pound angus hung at 750 pounds. She was spoiled and had quite a bit of fat, but tasty.
When I was growing up in the Southwest, you didn’t ask where the meat came from ;-). I like goat and lamb pretty well, especially if you really sauce up the goat. If you cook it for a day, it’s not even tough.
It’s been a long time since I had cabrito, but if we have the national economic collapse and have to move back to the farm, we’ll get used to it again.
Heck if it gets reallllly bad, you could get use to roasted rat. There are millions of them...LOL
We have plenty of opossums here, but I don’t recall seeing a rat!
Now we know why, they needed more goat counters.
The Department of Agriculture is an amazing racket. It’s a wonder we have anything to eat at all.
The notion that if the government doesn't do it, then it can't be done, is silly, and with each passing day we are going to be dependent on the network of associations and charities to fill the gap when the tide of government spending recedes.
If not debudded they can be very violent animals and deserve due respect handling them. There is no way I would let a kid be in a pen with horned goats alone.
Sometimes I think most of these jobs were dreamed up by some poor slob who got stuck with a summer intern.
"Please to meet you Mr Local Bigwigs Offspring! You are going to be the head of our goat counting program. Yep, you will be out in the field all summer. No, don't bother to come in, just send your reports in by mail."
But of course you have to write up a report justifying the assignment and it gets entered into the SOP and the next thing you know some dam fool wants you to count cows too. So you have to hire some one for that, then you have to hire someone to file the reports and the next thing you know you have 50 people running around counting things when all you wanted was a little peace and quiet so you could work on the Great Horned Tobacco Worm infestation.
So when they stop counting pigs will we lose track of the number of federal employees?
The first time on the farm I saw a possum in shadow on top of our bales of hay in the barn, scared the bejeebers out of me. Went into the house and told my husband that there was a huge rat in the barn...Later learned it was a possum. duh....
And, it appears, a bunch of Halloween decorations yet to store away!
All four of mine are spoiled!
We brought our 4 home (about 120 miles) in the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee when they were about 6 weeks old.
They traveled MUCH better than human KIDS I've hauled around!
Not once did they say...
"Are we THERE yet?" or "He LOOKED at me" or "She's hogging the window" or 'Are we there YET???" or "I gotta pee."
I'd have a hard time putting one of the girls back there now!
You have NAILED it!
YaBut....None by Venita Whitegoat, Navajo. They have been occupying Page, AZ for centuries.