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Maine Goat Farms

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 animals.

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 goat products.

ADGA Convention in Portland, Maine. The American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) will hold its 2014 annual convention in Portland, Maine on October 18-25, 2014.


Listing of Maine Goat Farms

Gentle Meadow Goat Farm
Winterport, Maine
www.facebook.com/GentleMeadowGoatFarm
http://gentlemeadowgoatfarm.com

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Creeping Thyme Farm
Buxton, Maine
www.creepingthymefarm.com

Farmer in the Dell - Naughty Goat Dairy
262 Patricktown Road, Somerville, ME 04348
www.facebook.com/farmerinthedell.maine

Flying Goat Farm
Acton, Maine
www.flyinggoatfarmmaine.com

Fuzzy Udder Farm
35 Townhouse Road, Whitefield, ME 04353
www.fuzzyudder.com

Meadowbrook Farm
Jay, Maine
www.goatsinmaine.com

Springtide Farm
Bremen, Maine
www.springtidefarm.com

Sunflower Farm Creamery
Cumberland, Maine
www.sunflowerfarm.info

Talk of the Town Farm
Connor TWP, Maine
www.talkofthetownfarm.com

Whitbred Goats
www.whitbred.org

York Hill Farm
257 York Hill Road, New Sharon, ME 04955
www.yorkhillfarmmaine.com


Blogs about Maine Goat Farms

Flying Goat Farm Chronicles
www.flyinggoatfarmmaine.com/theflyinggoatchronicles/

Living with Goats - Ten Apple Farm
http://livingwithgoats.com/wordpress/

Sunflower Farm Nigerian Goat Dairy Blog
http://sunflowerfarmdairy.blogspot.com

Goat School - Stony Knolls Farm (3 mins).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUkxUS28jGc

Hamilton Farm Blog
http://hamiltonfarm.wordpress.com/posts/


Videos about Goat Farming

The Running of the Goats by Sunflower Farm Creamery. A cute 34 second video showing young goats running about.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2_-i_cohMM

Pygmy Goats at Small Fry Farm. Abott, Maine. (9 mins).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_NN1eiKkzc


Resources for Goat Farms and Breeders

American Cheese Society
www.cheesesociety.org

Biology of the Goat
www.goatbiology.com

Dairy Goat Journal
www.dairygoatjournal.com

Goats. Hobby Farms
www.hobbyfarms.com/popular-farming-series/goats.aspx

Goat Dairy Library
"A database of materials for the commercial goat milk producer"
www.goatdairylibrary.org

Goat Rancher Magazine
www.goatrancher.com/store.php

Goat School
Stony Knolls Farm, Saint Albans, Maine
www.goatschool.com

Goat World
www.goatworld.com

Maine Cheese Guild. The Guild's mission is to support and encourage the Maine cheesemaking communit.
www.mainecheeseguild.org

New England Cheesemaking Supply Company
Deerfield, Massachusetts
www.cheesemaking.com

Toxic Plants and the Common Caprine - Cornell University College of Agriculture
www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/goatlist.html

United Caprine News
http://unitedcaprinenews.com


Goat Farm and Breeder Associations

Alpines International Club
www.alpinesinternationalclub.com

American Boer Goat Association.
http://abga.org

American Dairy Goat Association
www.adga.org

American Goat Society
www.americangoatsociety.com

American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association
www.andda.org

Guernsey Goat Breeders of America
http://guernseygoats.org

International Dairy Goat Registry
http://idgr.info/index

International Fainting Goat Association
www.faintinggoat.com

International Goat Association
www.iga-goatworld.com

Miniature Dairy Goat Association
http://miniaturedairygoats.net

North American Packgoat Association
www.napga.org

National Miniature Goat Association
www.nmga.net

National Pygmy Goat Association
www.npga-pygmy.com

National Saanen Breeders Association
www.nationalsaanenbreeders.com

National Toggenburg Club
www.nationaltoggclub.org

Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association (NDGA)
www.ndga.org

Oberhasli Breeders of America
www.oberhasli.net

United States Boer Goat Association
www.usbga.org


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. 2.

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. 3.

Saanen Dairy Goat. The Saanen dairy goat originates from Switzerland and was imported to the United States over 100 years ago. 4.

Gentle Meadow Goat Farm Maine

Maine Cheese Guild

2014 ADGA Convention
Portland, Maine
www.adgaconvention.com

Southern Maine
Dairy Goat Association
SMDGA
www.smdga.net

SMDGA Facebook

Anglo Nubian Goat Society

American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association (ANDDA)

American Dairy
Goat Association
ADGA
www.adga.org

Alpines International Club
Alpines International Club

Biology of the Goat


Maine Farm Bureau


North American Packgoat Association

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News Stories about Maine Goat Farms

October 13, 2014. "This farm is good to go for goat cheese". Portland Press Herald. The Kennebec Cheesery in Sidney combines art and science to produce a wide variety of crafted cheeses.

August 22, 2014. "Raising goats a growning trend in Maine". Portland Press Herald. Their size, manageability and personality make them good starter animals for beginning farmers.

July 26, 2014. "Get your goat during Maine's Open Farm Day". Wiscasset Newpaper.

January 22, 2013. "Ten Apple Farm: Basics to Raising Goats". MaineToday.com.

May 6, 2012. "Got goats' milk? Northern Maine farm has it, and cheese, too". Bangor Daily News.

December 2, 2009. "Goat farming in Maine". Mother Nature Network

June 18, 2009. "The Growing Demand for Goat Meat". The Atlantic.

 

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Endnotes

1. More information about Nubian Goats can be found at the links below:
     a. Anglo Nubian Goat Society, www.anglonubiangoatsociety.com
     b. International Nubian Breeders Association, www.i-n-b-a.org

2. More information about Nigerian Goats can be found at the links below:
     a.  American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association (ANDDA), www.andda.org
     b. Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association, www.ndga.org

3. More information about the Alpine Dairy Goat can be found at the liks below:
     a. Alpines International Club, www.alpinesinternationalclub.com

4. More information about the Saane Diary Goat can be found at the links below:
     a. National Saanen Breeders Association, www.nationalsaanenbreeders.com