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Old 07-24-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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I just read , in our local ag newspaper, of many goat farmers who no longer have a market for their goats milk.

18 area goat dairy farmers recieved a notice 6 months ago that due to an oversupply of milk, the Wisconsin processing plant was no longer going to pick up or buy their goats milk.

Some of the farmers had between 100-200 milking goats.
The last truck picked up on July 19.

Some are culling their herd, some are switching to meat goats and most are selling their goat milk as animal feed to neighboring farmers to use to feed young steers.

Many have searched all over the US to find a buyer for their goats milk and discovered the market is flooded.

When it first started, I suspected goats milk might be a passing fad and soon the market would be saturated.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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I used to have goats and used almost all they produced in milk and butter, I had one that milked almost all cream,and cheese I made . I only had two to milk. The excess was given to a family to feed their 6 kids. LOL Take it for however you want. There was a large producer of meat goats close and I am not sure if it is still prospering or not.

Goats are fairly easy to keep and raise. Much easier than a cow which I also had for many years. It would not surprise me if the market became flooded.

I know the dairy farmers here are all gone now. There were four dairy's when we moved here in 1994 and two years ago the last one closed. I think the last dairy is still raising replacement heifers.

No more milking for me. My hands will not take it any more. :^(

Chris
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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There's always going to be something of a market for it, given that there are some still very popular cheeses that can only be made with goat milk, and how it's a dairy alternative for many people who can't digest cow milk well.

I suspect demand for it will still end up significantly higher than it was 20 years ago even as the fall in trendiness of it causes production to come significantly down from the peak of the market.

This city girl still much appreciates getting to pick up goat cheese at the supermarket, and doesn't see that going away anytime soon.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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I used to have goats and used almost all they produced in milk and butter, I had one that milked almost all cream,and cheese I made . I only had two to milk. The excess was given to a family to feed their 6 kids. LOL Take it for however you want. There was a large producer of meat goats close and I am not sure if it is still prospering or not.

Goats are fairly easy to keep and raise. Much easier than a cow which I also had for many years. It would not surprise me if the market became flooded.

I know the dairy farmers here are all gone now. There were four dairy's when we moved here in 1994 and two years ago the last one closed. I think the last dairy is still raising replacement heifers.

No more milking for me. My hands will not take it any more. :^(

Chris
Idaho has boomed as a dairy cow state.
Many Californis dairies re-located to Idaho in the last 20 years.

Ny brother-in-lawe recently retired.
He spent many months working for a Minnesota company installing equipment in cheese plants in Idaho.( flew home every other weekend )
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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( regarding goat dairies )

In that article was a young woman from Little Falls MN who went into goat dairying on her parents farm ( 140 milking goats)

Very nice pictures and it looked like the goats are well cared for.
She said she has about 500 lbs of goat milk a day that has no market.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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don't know about a huge market but we always had goat milk as kids. I'm sure someone will keep drinking the stuff... I wouldn't mind have one or two myself....... maybe they'll be for sale cheap now??
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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I wouldn't even know where you'd buy goat milk.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:49 AM
 
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Well, marmac, a lot of these new back-to-the-landers are going to discover that the basic laws of economics applies even if one has noble intentions.

I was talking to a friend in Alaska -organic, CSA-type farmer- who said that they lost part of their market for organic produce (local grocery stores) when some California-based supplier entered the "organic" market and offered the stores lower wholesale prices. Maybe if oil hits $200 a barrel, the price of local-grown (in Alaska) will become competitive with the shipped-in produce from California. But apparently at $78/barrel, it is still cheaper to ship the produce in.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I try to drink goats milk, but the only way I can get it is the Meyenburg brand and it's gotten too expensive, almost $4. per quart. I would prefer goats milk over cows as I have allergies. But I can't afford it. Someone needs to go into competition with Meyenburg and have a more cost effective product.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:24 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Hmmm,think it might have anything to do with the economy of the ENTIRE NATION going down the crapper????

Maybe people don't have quite as much money for discretionary spending...
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