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There were a couple of mentions of "Judas Goats" on the forums, but no information on what they actually were.

tldr: tobacco addicted goats led lambs to the slaughter.

Judas Goats: Agriculture’s Bizarre, Drug-Addicted Masters of Deceit Once Ruled the Killing Floor​



https://www.agweb.com/news/livestoc...zarre-drug-addicted-masters-deceit-once-ruled

more at link above
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In one of the most bizarre spectacles in agriculture history, nicotine-addicted Judas goats once led sheep to slaughter down livestock’s version of the green mile. The aptly named Judas goats, rewarded with a single cigarette for every herd of sheep deceitfully escorted to the killing floor, were once key players in meatpacking plants.

It strains credulity to envision the surreal parade of a lone goat leading sheep across a meatpacking facility, coaxing the flock up concrete ramps, delivering the herd beyond the point of no return, and then hustling toward a nicotine fix and a repeat performance. However, Judas goats were part-and-parcel of livestock slaughter, and their history sheds a fascinating light on a bygone era. Betrayal by bleat and tobacco.
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However, theory is tighter than practice. Getting large quantities of livestock to the top floor, a space bathed in the smell of death, required systematic efficiency. Cows could be cajoled; pigs could be coaxed; but sheep were a breed apart—an entirely different proposition.

Enter the Judas goat.

 
There were a couple of mentions of "Judas Goats" on the forums, but no information on what they actually were.

tldr: tobacco addicted goats led lambs to the slaughter.

Judas Goats: Agriculture’s Bizarre, Drug-Addicted Masters of Deceit Once Ruled the Killing Floor​



https://www.agweb.com/news/livestoc...zarre-drug-addicted-masters-deceit-once-ruled

more at link above
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In one of the most bizarre spectacles in agriculture history, nicotine-addicted Judas goats once led sheep to slaughter down livestock’s version of the green mile. The aptly named Judas goats, rewarded with a single cigarette for every herd of sheep deceitfully escorted to the killing floor, were once key players in meatpacking plants.

It strains credulity to envision the surreal parade of a lone goat leading sheep across a meatpacking facility, coaxing the flock up concrete ramps, delivering the herd beyond the point of no return, and then hustling toward a nicotine fix and a repeat performance. However, Judas goats were part-and-parcel of livestock slaughter, and their history sheds a fascinating light on a bygone era. Betrayal by bleat and tobacco.
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However, theory is tighter than practice. Getting large quantities of livestock to the top floor, a space bathed in the smell of death, required systematic efficiency. Cows could be cajoled; pigs could be coaxed; but sheep were a breed apart—an entirely different proposition.

Enter the Judas goat.


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maximus otter
 
But they didn't actually smoke a cigarette did they??
How?

Surely they chewed the tobacco instead?
 
I looked it up ... Yes the baccy was eaten!!


"The goat was trained on unfiltered cigarettes, particularly one Camel or Lucky Strike per trip, specifies Dunn. “He ate it whole. He loved it because he was addicted to nicotine. Everyone knew to be careful when you leaned over to give him the cigarette because he’d reach into your shirt pocket, steal the whole pack, and run away to eat it.”

Interesting, never heard of such a thing before!
 
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