Goat farming offers opportunities

PUBLISHED: 16:56 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:28 28 March 2014

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 much

of 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.

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