Arkansas Small Ruminants Facts

  • Sheep and goats are versatile animals, providing meat, milk, fiber products, brush control, and pasture improvement services on many farms.
  • Goats and sheep were among the first animals to be tamed by humans, dating back 10,500 years to the fertile crescent. 
  • Arkansas is in the top 40% of meat goat producing states coming in at number 18 nationally.
  • Arkansas has upwards of 3500 farms producing goats or sheep.
  • Goat and sheep production in Arkansas brought roughly $6.7 million to the state in 2022.