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Re: U.S. Goat Milk Market

Posted by Vicki McGaugh on March 27, 2001 at 11:19:36:

In Reply to: U.S. Goat Milk Market posted by Amos Blood on March 27, 2001 at 10:26:44:

The market of course is the biggy. But your market can be as diverse as selling frozen milk to a candy maker (like mine was) or selling milk to a cheese maker. The dairies that we know of which either scrimped to make the bottom line, in horrid conditions for their goats, or simply going out of business, were always the ones in which they bottled and marketed their own milk. Seems that for some reason the cheese aspect, either making this yourself and selling, or selling milk directly to a processor for cheese is the way to go. On farm sales are a huge headache with milk. We have always skirted the regualtions and have never been grade A. Though we do have some loopholes here in Texas for selling milk to another party for processing, for both candy and cheese, it seems that less an less folks sell milk illegally. Good luck with this, you may want to start a coop perhaps just a think tank at this point to see if their is other interest in your area. Getting a fair price for your milk will be number one, and without several of you setting a price, produceres will buy from whoever sells the cheapest (then come begging for winter milk, when their newbie folks don't know how to breed for out of season milk :) Vicki


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