We used to raise cattle before we bought our first goats. I was thinking about the price a 500# calf will bring now - not nearly what we once saw. One time a year per cow. In a commercial goat operation, with kidding indexes of 1.85 kids per doe or more, the goats require less inputs, easier to handle and bringing a solid return on your investment. With a little marketing, a producer can sell directly to the consumer and expect an even greater return.
There has been no better time to raise meat goats than today and there is no better maternal breed to raise kids with minimal inputs than kikos and kiko crosses.