Factors that affect goat prices in the United States include the local cultural practice of eating goat, the amount of goat imported from foreign countries and the movement towards sustainable livestock production. As more people immigrate to America from the Middle East, demand for goat meat increases.
As a result of class action lawsuits against the U.S. tobacco industry, monies were designated to pursue alternative forms of agriculture production besides tobacco. This has led to an increase in goat production in the United States.
Demand for goat in America has increased as of 2015 and has outpaced local production. Import of goat meat from Australia has helped to meet demand.