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Goats to be Auctioned for First Time Ever

Date Posted: 2000-03-10

Goat meat, goat sashimi, goat soup, goat cheese, and even goat flavored ice cream. All these products stand witness of Okinawa’s love affair with goats. In the past, every house used to keep goats, and although that is no more the case, people’s appreciation of foods made of goat and goat products has not diminished.

That has lead to a situation where what was formerly a daily staple has become a rather pricey delicacy. Police reports that thefts of goats are also on the rise, probably because the higher price attracts thieves.

In order to ensure that the consumers and producers get the best for their money and time, the Southern Okinawa Livestock Farmers’ Market, in cooperation with JA and Okinawa Prefecture Livestock Section, have come up with a plan to start auctioning goats and goat products at regular sessions three times a year. 109 livestock farmers who grow goats have agreed to join the plan. “By organizing an auction, we will eliminate middlemen," a representative of the Farmers’ Market stated. "We believe that the farmers will get a reasonable price for their produce while, at the same time, the consumers will get the product at best prices for them. We also believe that the quality of this livestock will also improve as the growers will try to breed goats that will fetch the best price at the auction.”

He added that this is the first time such an auction will be held anywhere in Japan.

Goats produce dairy products also. According to Naoto Hirose of the JA Testing Laboratory, “Goat milk is very similar to a human mother’s milk. It is excellent for making cheese, yoghurt and even ice cream.”

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