Commercial Dairying?

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by keren, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    Anyone got any good resources on commercial goat dairying?

    I've been offered a facility that could easily convert to a commercial goat dairy, with the addition of a milking parlour. It could theoretically be set up to milk 300+ does, all intensively housed, plus associated replacement doe kids, goatlings, bucks and capretto kids.

    All infrastructure is there and in reasonable condition. By that I mean its a huge great shed/barn, floor is slatted for easy cleaning, all pens are either solid concrete walls or portable panels, the barn has good ventilation and cooling including natural and fans, has associated silos for grain and hay shed for hay, feeders etc. that could be modified for goats, adjustable ramp for truck or trailer, cleaning out and waste treatment system. The big things to get this up and running will be:

    - replace roof on the shed
    - build milking parlour
    - source goats
    - give the whole facility a really good scrub down

    So basically I'm just looking for any resources you might have/know about regarding commercial dairying, to help me decide whether to go ahead with this project.
     
  2. PiccoloGoat

    PiccoloGoat goat girl x0x0

    Sep 10, 2008
    Australia
    well I would say go for it, but i have no information watsoever :p
    And if i lived closer i would help you clean up the place alot. Its a shame :(
     

  3. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    Well, I know of a couple goat dairies here in US.

    Websites:

    http://pholiafarm.com/construction%20pictures.htm

    http://splitcreek.com/tour.shtml

    Not sure how helpful those will be, if any. . . .

    I have not a clue about running a commercial dairy or of the regulations in Australia. I am assuming they are very different from here. In US, you must be Certified Grade-A dairy. This involves lots and lots of money to get started, yearly testing on all animals for TB, Brucellosis, etc. So, yeah. I'm not much help. ;) Maybe someone else can be of more help.
     
  4. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

    131
    Jan 17, 2009
    Montana
    I don't know the rules in your country for dairies. I'd definately check into that first and know the requirements before building your milk parlor setup.
     
  5. BeeLady

    BeeLady New Member

    At least you would have an excuse to buy an almost unlimited number of goats if you got into commercial dairying! :cool:
     
  6. badnewsboers

    badnewsboers New Member

    429
    May 9, 2008
    Newport, NC
    Yeah, there's not a lot of goat dairies in the US because of the strict regulation and high costs associated with them.

    Most prominently in my mind in the US though is the Ryals Goat Dairy. They were the top breeders of Boer gots for a long time and despite a dispersal sale have come bacl with a force. But they also have dairy too now. I've heard their cheese is amazing! Here is the link to their site: http://www.rockingrboers.com/
     
  7. Amos

    Amos New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    Theres a goat dairy up here in Minnesota called Poplar Hill farm, as far as I'm aware, they have 900 milking does.
    What kind of insurance can you get on the place?

    http://www.poplarhillfarm.com/
    http://www.smalldairy.com/


    It looks like the smalldairy site will help immensly, its been in my favoraites for months but I've never looked at it much :oops:
     
  8. QualityCaprine

    QualityCaprine New Member

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    Nov 24, 2007
    Nebraska