The dairy goat product sector has increased by 20 per cent year-on-year since 1997, and farmers are responding to this growing demand by establishing large-scale commercial enterprises. These enterprises have from between 300 to 1,500 milking goats. St Helens goats' dairy in York and Delemere in Cheshire are two examples of this type of farming model.
That overall trend has been driven by consumers becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of goats' milk, including its digestibility and lower natural cholesterol levels. Goats' milk accounts for just 0.1 per cent of the UK milk market and the combined value of milk plus product is currently worth £50 million per annum.
chagfarm goat dairy
Our goats will be raised under the Soil Association's organic standards and will have ample summer pasture from June to September. They will then be brought into barns over the winter.