The Goods on Goats @ VBCC
When I had the opportunity to visit the Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery last year, I learned so many interesting facts about goats and goat’s milk cheese that I just had to share them with you!
- On average one goat gives 3lbs of milk per milking.
- Six pounds of milk is required to yield one pound of cheese.
- The average number of goats: farmer is 130-170 goats (smallest: 30-biggest: 300).
- Vermont has 3416 goats, 3167 generate milk for Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.
- The breeds they use are La Mancha, Nubian, Obershali, Alpine and Saanen; which feed predominantly on pasture, hay, silage and grain.
- During the winter months the milk is greater in protein and butterfat decreases by 20%.
- In the summer months there is a reduction in protein and butterfat yet volume increases.
- Goat’s milk is snow white and higher in vitamins, calcium and phosphorus compared to cow’s milk–it is also lower in cholesterol and the fat globules are smaller making it easier to digest.
- In the United States, we pay the highest price for goat’s milk from local family farms.
- VBCC pays a premium for top quality milk.