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Goat farmers, producers handle increased American demand for unusual dairy

By Fox News Associated Press

Six and a half years, 14 milking goats and roughly $300,000 later, she’s in the midst of constructing a small-scale creamery in Madrid, Iowa, that’s set to feature goat milk, cheese, ice cream and more. And though her creamery isn’t yet open, Olson said local businesses have begun inquiring about her products, prompting her to already consider expanding.

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McCook Central senior Julia Loudenburg, of Spencer, gets the goat the students nicknamed "Gilbert" out of his Kennel to take to the elementary school and visit different classes on Wednesday morning in Salem. (Matt Gade/Republic)
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Ability of Goats to Digest Almost Anything Provides Cue to Producing Cheaper Biofuels

By Charles I. Omedo

Goats and sheep among other grass-eating animals have always confounded scientists with their abilities to digest almost anything they eat – but it has now emerged that the anaerobic fungi in the guts of these animals are what is working to help the animals breakdown plants and other substances that other animals will not touch – giving scientists further ideas for creating cheaper biofuels, the BBC writes.

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Cow and calf pairs graze in a field at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, feeding on turnips, oats and annual ryegrass. (Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center file photo/Jason Tower)
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The Small Ruminant Toolbox – VERY Useful Resource

 

By Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Sheep and goat enterprises offer diversification opportunities for small and limited-resource farmers. This Small Ruminant Toolbox was developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in order to provide a collection of information for small ruminant producers and educators. The Small Ruminant Toolbox includes many publications, presentations and other resources that will be helpful to small ruminant producers.

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Cow and calf pairs graze in a field at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, feeding on turnips, oats and annual ryegrass. (Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center file photo/Jason Tower)