In the Phllipines, goat farming is getting a boost from the country's Department of Agriculture. According to an article dated January 11, 2010 in the Phillipine Star, the animal provides enough protein from its milk and meat to choke a horse. Click here to read more.
Closer to home, we have one of many resident cheese mongers in New England. Laini Fondiller of the Lazy Lady Farm in Vermont makes goat cheese with such names as Tomme Delay, Barick Obama, and Fil-a-Buster. According to an article dated December 30, 2009 from The New York Times, Fondiller makes her cheese in the "French way" at her off-the-grid facility. When it comes to goat farming, she says goats are better than other animals. “They’re very nice little animals,” she was quoted as saying. “Cows don’t give a damn. Sheep can’t stand ya. Pigs? ‘Just feed me!’ And goats really do want to be around you.” Click here for the rest of the article.
If goat farming is something you've considered, take the amount of acreage you have and the kind of fencing you have installed. If nothing else, you can resort to The Invisible Fence. Some farmers report success using the collar system with their goat herd. Read this Q&A from KnoxNews.com in Knoxville, TN.
If goats farms are a nice place to visit but you wouldn't want to live there, consider agritourism. There is a growing number of farms in the Northeast that offer stay packages to learn how to farm. In this New York Times article dated August 25, 2009, Stony Creek Farm in Walton, NY, will help you learn how to bail hay, harvest a Brussels sprout or milk a goat. Click here to read more.
Who knew goats could be this popular?
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