The number of farms in Maine are
steadily increasing. As Mainer's become more aware of the food they are
eating they also being more selective of the food they buy.
Locally-grown food has seen a big increase in Maine. One of these foods
is goat cheese and milk. There are approximately less than ten
commercial goat dairies with 100 animals or more; but there are about 50
registered goat dairies. Some goat farms could be called small "hobby farms" where the cheese and milk is produced for the
farm family's private use only; or the goats are raised as pets or show
Goat Products. The goats produce milk, cheese, and yogurt; and in
some cases meat. The goat farmers will sell to neighbors, restaurants
and local farmer's markets. Some of the goat produce will feed other
animals or even make soap. The Southern Maine Dairy Goat Association has
a webpage on
ADGA Convention in Portland, Maine. The American Dairy Goat
Association (ADGA) will hold its 2014
convention in Portland, Maine on October 18-25, 2014.
Listing of Maine Goat Farms
Gentle Meadow Goat Farm
Creeping Thyme Farm
Farmer in the Dell - Naughty Goat Dairy
262 Patricktown Road, Somerville, ME 04348
Flying Goat Farm
Fuzzy Udder Farm
35 Townhouse Road, Whitefield, ME 04353
Sunflower Farm Creamery
Talk of the Town Farm
Connor TWP, Maine
York Hill Farm
257 York Hill Road, New Sharon, ME 04955
Blogs about Maine Goat Farms
Flying Goat Farm Chronicles
Living with Goats - Ten Apple Farm
Sunflower Farm Nigerian Goat Dairy Blog
Goat School - Stony Knolls Farm (3 mins).
Hamilton Farm Blog
Videos about Goat Farming
The Running of the Goats by Sunflower Farm Creamery. A cute
34 second video showing young goats running about.
Pygmy Goats at Small Fry Farm. Abott, Maine. (9 mins).
Resources for Goat Farms and Breeders
American Cheese Society
Biology of the Goat
Dairy Goat Journal
Goats. Hobby Farms
Goat Dairy Library
"A database of materials for the commercial goat milk producer"
Goat Rancher Magazine
Stony Knolls Farm, Saint Albans, Maine
Maine Cheese Guild. The Guild's mission is to support and encourage
the Maine cheesemaking communit.
New England Cheesemaking Supply Company
Toxic Plants and the Common Caprine - Cornell University College of
United Caprine News
Goat Farm and Breeder Associations
Alpines International Club
American Boer Goat Association.
American Dairy Goat Association
American Goat Society
American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association
Guernsey Goat Breeders of America
International Dairy Goat Registry
International Fainting Goat Association
International Goat Association
Miniature Dairy Goat Association
North American Packgoat Association
National Miniature Goat Association
National Pygmy Goat Association
National Saanen Breeders Association
National Toggenburg Club
Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association (NDGA)
Oberhasli Breeders of America
United States Boer Goat Association
Types and Varieties of Goats
Nubian Goats. This is the most popular goat in the U.S. Sometimes
they are also referred to a 'Anglo-Nubian' goats. The breed was
developed in Great Britain from native goats and goats from the Middle
East, North Africa, and other parts of the world. See below in Endnotes
for more information on the Nubian goat. 1.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats. The second most popular goat is the Nigerian
Dwarf goat. It is a smaller animal and easier to handle.
Alpine Dairy Goat. The Alpine is a medium to large sized dariy goat
that comes in an assortment of colors and color combinations. They are a
hardy animal and can live in a variety of climates and environments.
Saanen Dairy Goat. The Saanen dairy goat originates from Switzerland
and was imported to the United States over 100 years ago.