Fourteen family farms and 70 restaurants, including Oliveto, have committed to participation in No Goat Left Behind, a new program developed by Heritage Foods USA (HFUSA), a meat distribution company dedicated to preserving endangered breeds. The company has pledged to their farmers that they will sell 500 bucklings to restaurants and their mail order base during the month of October, the prime season for goat.
In order to produce milk, a female goat has to have babies. The result is goat dairies with an excess of male goats. Without an end market the majority of male dairy goats are sold into the commodity market or killed at birth. Dairy farms are always struggling: with feed prices, with milk prices, and with weather. Goats usually have twins or triplets and for every female who will become a milker, there is a male buckling who will become a financial drain. It makes no sense that these males are sold into the commodity market or put to death when the United States imports almost 50 percent of its annual goat supply (17,000,000 pounds so far this year).
Goat is the most popular protein in the world. It is a lean, nutritious source of meat and has a lower carbon footprint than beef, pork or lamb. It makes environmental and dietary sense to utilize this readily available protein source in the United States.
As part of the No Goat Left Behind campaign, Chef Jonah will be spit-roasting two young goats, a traditional preparation commonly seen throughout Italy around this time of year. They will be on the menu starting Friday and through Saturday. this Friday for ONE NIGHT ONLY. Please join us to help support this worthy cause.