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~for holidays where lamb or goat meat is part of the traditional holiday feast~

NOTE: We do not guarantee the accuracy of  these dates. If you have production decisions to make based on dates,  double-check dates with a second source. Please check with your specific buyers about the type of lamb or goat they want.   The listings here are broad generalizations. It is important to know  your particular buyers demands and at what weights they start to  penalize or reject animals.

Passover (Pesach) starts at sundown:

2020 April 8th  April 16th

Type of lamb wanted - 30-55 lbs, milk fed and fat.

Western Roman Easter:

  • 2020 April 12th 
  • Type of lamb wanted - 30-45 lbs live weight, milk fed and fat.

    Type of goat wanted - Fleshy, milk fed kids  with relatively light colored meat, 3 months old or younger. Suckling  kids weighing less than 20 lbs are generally disappointing to buyers  due to low meat to bone ratios and high carcass drying losses now that  they must be marketed with the hide off. Kids gaining less than 10 lbs  per month or 1/3rd pound per day after accounting for birth weight are  generally not fleshy enough to be considered prime. Prime Easter kids  are generally gaining at least 1/2 lb daily. There generally is a  slight price (per lb of live weight) penalty for kids weighing over 40  lbs. Acceptable weights generally range from 20 to 50 lbs with 30 lbs  considered optimum by most buyers.
  • Cull adult animals are also popular for stews and curries at this time.

Eastern Orthodox Easter:

  • Type of lamb wanted - 40-55 lbs live weight, milk fed and fat.
  • Type of goat wanted - Similar to Western Easter kids. A slightly larger milk fed kid (i.e. averaging 35 lbs) is considered optimum.

Mothers Day:

  • 2020 May 10th 
  • Type of lamb or kid wanted - Suckling lambs  and kids are in demand as well as 45 to 60 lb weaned market lambs and  kids. Because of the shortage of market lambs and kids weighing 60 lbs  or more in mid May, prices are sometimes high for these larger young  animals as well.

Start of Ramadan:

  • 2020 April 24th
  • Type of lamb wanted “ Weaned market lamb 60-80 lbs.
  • Type of goat wanted - male and female kids  with all their milk teeth (i.e. not older than @ 12 months). Males can  be whole or castrated. Overly fat kids are discriminated against.  Optimum live weight is about 60 lbs but weaned kids from 45 - 120 lbs.  are accepted by different buyers.

Id al Fitr (The Festival of the Breaking of the Ramadan Fast):

  • 2020 May 24th
  • Type of lamb wanted - same as for Ramadan.
  • Type of goat wanted - same as for Ramadan.

Rosh Hashanah, starts at sundown:

  • 2020 Sept 18th  20th

Type of lamb wanted - Forequarters from weaned lambs 60-110 lbs.

Navadurgara, Navratra Dashara, Dassai or Dashain

  • 2020  Oct 17th “ 30th
  • Hindu holiday honoring the goddess Durga. In Nepal  the holiday runs for 15 days while in India it runs for 10 days. Goats  are generally slaughtered during the latter part of the holiday after  which families meet together and celebrate with curried goat while  receiving family blessings. Female goats are not acceptable for this  holiday. Relatively tender male goats are generally used. Size of  carcass depends on number of people expected to be fed. Weaned, market  kids or yearling wethers are most in demand.

Id al Adha (Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, Eid)

  • 2020 July 31st
  • Type of lamb wanted – 60-80 lbs. However, heavier old crop lambs are also in demand and may command the same price as new crop lambs.
  • Type of goat wanted - Prefer yearlings (i.e. animals with one set of adult teeth) that are blemish free. Large kids 60 - 100 lbs also in demand
  • Animals with broken horns, open wounds, torn ears or  physical injuries generally do not meet the criteria. In some cases,  castrated animals or lambs with docked tails are frowned upon.

Muharramn (Islamic New Year):

  • 2020 August 20th
  • Type of lamb wanted - same as for Ramadan.

    Type of goat wanted - same as for Ramadan.

Diwali (Festival of Lights):

  • 2020 November 14th
  • Other holidays when goat meat is  commonly consumed include Christmas (December 25th ), New Year’s (Jan  1st), Cinco De Mayo (May 5th),  the July 4th weekend, and the numerous  Caribbean holidays in August - Carnival, Carifest, Jamaican Independence Day, etc.

The Christmas and New Years market is for milk fed kids and lambs. These young animals are rare, because  they must be produced by out-of-season breeding in April/May for  Sept/October births. Kids and lambs as light as 18 lbs may be readily  accepted. Cull adult animals are also popular for stews and curries.

The Hispanic market for goat is for  15 to 30 lb live wt suckling kids for cabrito, and large weaned market  kids for seco de chivo and barbecues.  It is especially strong in some regions during Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), a popular  Mexican holiday celebrating the victory of Mexican Forces over the  French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Goats and sheep for July 4th weekend are animals suitable for barbecue, generally suckling lambs and kids  for small parties and weaned market lambs and kids 55 to 120 lbs. for  large celebrations.

Optimal goats for the Caribbean holidays are young, smelly 60-80 lb bucks. However, older animals of all sexes  are often in demand and customers may prefer to buy them rather than  pay the extra price for prime young bucks.

The Chinese market for goat according to Frank Pinkerton, PhD, is "limited to the six colder  months€ť especially around the Chinese New Year. The preferred weight  range is 60 to 80 pounds live, and goats in good health are required."

Ethnic Holiday Calendar





Chinese New Year

25 Jan

12 Feb

21 Jan

Mawlid al-Nabi / Prophet’s Birthday

29 Oct

18 Oct

9 Oct

Western Roman Easter

12 Apr

4 Apr

17 Apr

Eastern Orthodox Easter / Pasha

19 Apr

2 May

24 Apr

Passover / Pesah

9-15 Apr

28 Mar-8 Apr

31 Mar-7 Apr

Cinco de Mayo

5 May

5 May

5 May

Start of Ramadan / Month of Fasting

24 Apr

13 Apr

3 Apr

Eid-al-Fitr / Festival of Fast Breaking

24-26 May

14-16 May

2-3 May

Rosh Hashanah

19-20 Sep

6-7 Sep

26-27 Oct

Eid-al-Adha / Festival of Sacrifice

31 Jul-3 Aug

20-23 Jul

9-10 Jul

Muharram / Islamic New Year

20 Aug

10 Aug

31 jul

Chanukkah or Hanukkah

11-18 Dec

29 Nov- 6 Dec

18-25 Dec


25 Dec

25 Dec

25 Dec

Here are some pages I got off the internet about sizes and dates for special occasions using goat meat and lamb.  For your information.



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