If nothing else, it provides a compelling example of the current cultural capital value of "big data" in society. This is an interesting cultural moment in popular cartography, since the fundamental task of maps is abstracting and representing. And even the map that supposed showed "every goat" was actually a representation with each dot on the map standing in for 500 goats.
Secondly, we very much doubt that any map produced by the USDA Agricultural Census has ever received this much attention in the history of the agency.
Thirdly, why are the goats getting all the press? After all, isn't this the year of the sheep according to the Chinese zodiac ? This is not the way Pan, god of shepherds, meant it to be.
So being the ovis-chauvinists we are, we wanted to point out that there are actually twice as many sheep as goats in the US, and so the sheep population could probably take the goat population if it ever came down to hand to hand (or hoof to hoof) combat.
Also the USDA has made some
Every Sheep in America
However, Van Zandt County, Texas had the most valuable sheep compared to other crops with 68.38% of total market value of agricultural products sold originated from sheep, goats and their products (milk, wool, etc.). We've also found that the map of every sheep in the US opens up many perceptual rivalries with optical illusions hidden within. Yes, we are comparing our map to the illustrations of Sandro Del Prete. Please comment on this post--what do you see in the illustrations? The profile image of a lady in a bonnet? A man's naughty bits? A sheep?
 We are aware of the sheep/goat confusion, but come down firmly on the side of the sheep.
 Read more about Weld's extraordinary sheep processing.