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Mission

The mission of the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research is to develop and transfer enhanced goat production system technologies through the generation and dissemination of technical information. Thus, our goal is to assist goat owners in management decisions for the optimization of inputs and increased farm profitability. Through research, we are continually discovering information on dairy, meat, and fiber-producing goats that helps the goat industry remain economically viable and competitive.

Program area focal points are:

  • Goat production
  • Dairy goats
  • Meat goats
  • Mohair/cashmere goats
  • Resource utilization/system sustainability

Goat products:

  • Milk products
  • Meat

Components of research/technology development are:

  • Problem identification
  • Solution projection
  • Hypothesis development
  • Experiment conduct
  • Data interpretation
  • Applications/recommendations
  • Future study
  • Both fundamental and applied research are conducted.

Research conducted under each of the program area focal points yields scientific knowledge, which contributes to our extension/technology transfer programs.

Collaboration occurs with entities such as other universities, the Agricultural Research Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the US Department of Agriculture, the US Forestry Service, the Grassland Center of Excellence, also located at Langston University, and international institutions.

Components of extension/technology transfer are:

  • Technology identification
  • Application determination
  • Clientele targeting
  • Technology transfer
  • Impact evaluation

Clientele can be outlined as:

  • Local
  • State
  • Regional
  • National
  • International

Targeted clients:

  • Small farms
  • Limited resource units
  • Ethnic groups
  • Underserved farmers