Vermont Creamery Funded to Research Goat Dairy Sector Opportunities
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August 9, 2021 | Montpelier, VT - The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) selected Land O'Lakes, Inc. dba Vermont Creamery for a $150,000 grant to conduct research on the potential for development of the goat dairy sector in Vermont, including cow to goat dairy conversions and new farm start-ups. The goal for this work is to quantitatively and qualitatively understand the current goat dairy sector in Vermont, near-term opportunities for developing the sector, and what producers need to be successful operators. As part of the project, Vermont Creamery will contract with a subject matter expert to conduct research and develop deliverables.
The research has several objectives:
Identify the need for additional Vermont-sourced fluid milk production from existing processors, including but not limited to Vermont Creamery.
Identify gaps or opportunities in technical assistance provision, financing, and animal husbandry (e.g., veterinarians, genetics, feed consultants/nutritionists, and other goat health and management professionals).
Engage with producers to gauge the interest in cow to goat conversions and understand the specifics needs of those businesses.
Assess educational opportunities that exist for dairy goat production at Vermont or regional institutions of higher education.
Engage with the regional dairy sector and partake of opportunities to host, attend, and/or speak at other dairy focused events to share knowledge and engage with the broader community of stakeholders about goat dairy farming.
Results of this work, including a presentation and reports, will be made available through NE-DBIC in Fall 2022.
For more information about this project, contact Laura.Ginsburg@vermont.gov.