New kid in town: Goat milk and dairy products rising in U.S.

Upcoming workshop to assist Kansas goat and sheep producers in exploring dairy enterprisCharuth Van Beuzekom-Loth

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:00 am

For 65 percent of the world’s population, the answer to the advertising jingle, “Got milk?” would be a resounding yes. The milk in question, however, is not from cows.
In the United States, milk and products made from milk, notably cheese, have long been the sole domain of dairy cows. That’s changing now as consumer demand for goat milk and artisan cheese made from goat milk is on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are now about 30,000 dairy goat farms spread across all 50 states, an impressive number considering that goat cheese wasn’t commercially produced in the U.S. until 1980.
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