We have experimented with different ages and stages of goat (meat) and, I can say for certain that if folks are given "Bucky" meat, they will not ever want to eat goat again. We went to 3 farmer's markets a week all last season, giving out cooked samples, recipe books and selling our USDA processed meat and I could write a whole article on what we learned during those months. If producers want to appeal to the main stream health conscientious Americans, they must offer them a mild and tender product.
The milder more tender meat is from the "wethered" goats, and by being able to wait until they are around 5 months of age to band them, we get a better growth rate without the bad smell and sour taste. Then, they can continue to graze with the rest of the Doe herd through the months until they reach the optimum size for processing, which is for us at 100 to 130 lbs. and they can reach this by 1 year or less depending on when they are banded along with genetic composition, and feed.
Folks want ~~ Local - Natural - Hormone Free - Grass Fed - Humanely Raised -