Goat farming offers opportunities

NOVEMBER 14, 2008: There are increasing opportunities for farmers and smallholders to diversify into goat farming, it is claimed.

Sales of goats' milk products have increased 20% each year for muchof the past decade, outstripping domestic raw milk supply.The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) suggests more producers could move into milking goats. On-farm figures suggest a gross margin of 19-19.5p/litre is arguably better than conventional milk margins, although start-up costs are not as low as many expect.