Goat meat demand pushes Thunder Bay farmers
Murillo farmers say they have sold 10 extra dairy goats to people who want the meat
A pair of farmers outside Thunder Bay has been selling their spare dairy goats for the dinner table — and they're having trouble keeping up with demand.
Nathan Epp and Seija Heiskanen run a small farm in Murillo and they started raising dairy goats a few years ago,
"You start out with four goats, and in four or five years you have 30,” Epp said.
They placed a few ads this summer to sell their extra goats for meat and they've already sold 10.
"Right now, I have orders for five more ... so if there any goat producers out there, there are a lot of people looking right now,” he added.
"We have completely sold out of all of our goats. All these ones here, we wanna keep now for next year. And I don't think we're gonna get a chance to try any [goat meat] ourselves this year. It's kind of a shame."
Meeting customer demand
But the co-owner of butcher shop Bay Meats in Thunder Bay said she hasn't had many requests for goat.
"We just had a fellow ask about it a couple of weeks ago, so it's interesting this has just come up,” Cindy Salo said.
Back at the farm, Heiskanen said they're looking to bring in a new type of goat to meet demand.
“It's a meat variety, so we're thinking of going and picking it up and … supplying our customers with what they want,” she said.
A group of American farmers has dubbed this month "Goat-tober" to encourage people to eat more goat.