Fort Valley State researchers work on ‘Super Goat’

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Supersize your fries, or how about supersize your goat?

That’s what researchers at Fort Valley State are trying to do.

Goat meat probably isn’t the first thing you order when you go out to a restaurant.

In fact, it’s probably not even on the menu.
But Fort Valley State researchers are hoping that could change sometime in the future.

And they’re working hard to make it happen.

These goats probably don’t know what’s going on.

But they’re a part of something pretty big at Fort Valley State University.

“We are known for our goat research,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Gavind Cannan.

Goat meat jerky, goat cheese, goat milk, goat soap.

I hadn’t heard of goat soap before either–but it’s one of the things FVSU researchers are trying to put on your radar.

There are three different types of diary goats here at Fort Valley State and all of them help researchers find a way to change consumers thoughts about goat products, whether it be meat or milk.

“Mainstream consumers regard goat meat as low palatability compared to traditional meats,” said Cannan.

In other words–they don’t think it’s going to taste as good.

Dr. Gavind Cannan is the VP of Academic Affairs at FVSU.

“People are not used to consuming goat meat,” said Cannan.

Most prefer cow.

“and the flavor is kind of strange to them,” said Cannan.

But these researchers are working to change that thought… and they’re starting with a single goat gene.

“This particular gene that suppress growth of muscle as the animal grows. At a certain point, the muscles don’t grow because this gene is the one that suppresses the growth of muscle, so what our research is trying to do is knock the gene off,” said Cannan.

If the goats can be more muscular, like a Super Goat, more goat meat could be produced.

And that would create a larger market for a meat that’s much like steak–but these experts say is much healthier.

“So people that want to eat lean meat, this is an ideal choice…high in protein,” said Cannan.

So between the “bahhhs” and the chewing, researchers hope their work will encourage you to take a step in a different direction.

Cannan also said goat *milk was much easier for infants to digest, so researchers, including students, are working on a way to make goat milk formula as well.


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