Thought I would throw in some dairy goat statistics this evening.
Do you know which state had the largest number of reported dairy goats (at last count)? My first guess would have been California. I was wrong. Many years ago it was Ohio. The correct answer is Wisconsin, at 40,000 head of dairy goats. California follows with 37,000 head. Iowa and Texas followed.
Now, when you look at dairy goat operations, the numbers jumble just a bit. Texas reined in 2007 with a reported 2,100 dairy goat operations. Followed by California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and Washington state.
With all of these dairy goat operations, with their capabilities of producing over 2,000 pounds of milk a year, the United States imports 50% of the dairy goat cheese consumed, most of it coming from France. Crazy man? I think so!
I love to make the goat cheese! But when I began researching someone I could co-op with in Ohio, or even from a surrounding state, I ran into a lot of opposition both money-wise and a lack of interest. Ohio is not a good place to own a commercial dairy goat operation. So, that is when I turned to goat milk soap. I believe in turning my love of the goats into something sustainable.
I drink my own goat milk raw, 2 cups a day. I am a healthy person, so far, so good. I believe goat milk is one the healthiest foods on the face of this planet (good for cholesterol, diabetes, allergies, the immune system, and more). I cannot sell my milk, nor can I give it away. Red tape, and I wish to not get myself in trouble.
I hope my future finds me at 80 years old, in a granny dress, milking a dairy goat, sassy and fit! I need to get the fit part right, first! That is my project this week, fitting up!!!
I will soon write an article on goat milk soap, how I still need to educate the public on its benefits, and even that it does exist!