U.S. Goat Dairies Grow With Demand For Cheese

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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May 30, 2011

Some U.S. dairy farmers are rethinking their business plan after watching milk prices crash repeatedly in the past decade.

A small number are turning to dairy goats. Chris Lekberg of
Brandon sold his cows after milk prices crashed to about $11 per
hundred pounds in 2002. He now has more than 50 goats and gets
about $45 per hundred pounds for their milk.

Lekberg says he's making a profit and with stable goat milk
prices, he's more confident about what his income will be.

Some feel goats make sense in Vermont, which has seen hundreds
of its cow dairies go under in recent years.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says the
number of dairy goats nationwide has grown from about 335,000 to
360,000 in the past four years.

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