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for holidays where lamb or goat meat is part of the traditional holiday feast
By: "Cornell University"
Western or Roman Easter
Type of lamb wanted - 30-45 lbs, milk fed and fat.
Eastern or Greek Easter
Type of lamb wanted - 40-55 lbs, milk fed and fat.
Navadurgara or Navratra Dashara or Dassai
This is a Hindu holiday honoring the goddess Durga. Goats are generally slaughtered from the 7th to the 10th day of the holiday after which families meet together and celebrate with curried goat while receiving family blessings. Female goats are not acceptable for this holiday. Relatively tender male goats are generally used. Size of carcass depends on number of people expected to be fed.
Start of Ramadan
Type of lamb wanted - 60-80 lbs.
Id al Fitr
Type of lamb wanted - same as for Ramadan.
Id al Adha
Type of lamb wanted - 60-80 lbs. Old crop lambs are sought by some individuals and so will frequently command the same price as new crop lambs.
Other holidays when goat meat is commonly consumed include Christmas, the July 4th weekend, and the numerous Caribbean holidays in August - Carnival, Carifest, Jamaican Independence Day, etc.
The Christmas market is for milk fed kids. These type of kids are rare, because these kids must be produced by out-of-season breeding in May for October kiddings. Kids as light as 18 lbs are readily accepted and quality control is generally not as exacting as on Easter kids.
Goats for July 4th weekend are animals suitable for barbecue, generally cabrito kids or young bucks, does, and wethers with 1 or no sets of adult teeth.
Optimal goats for the Caribbean holidays are young, smelly 60 lb bucks. However, older animals of all sexes are often in demand and customers may prefer to buy them rather than pay the extra price for prime young bucks.
The Chinese market for goat according to Frank Pinkerton, PhD, is "limited to the six colder months. The preferred weight range is 60 to 80 pounds live, and goats in good health are required."
The Hispanic market for goat is for 20 to 35 lb live weight milk-fed kids for cabrito, and larger animals for seco de chivo.
More information on popular holidays is available on the web at http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/2001.htm
Cull does and bucks are also in demand for the curried goat market and for prison contracts.
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