Photo courtesy of Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
MODEL GOATS — Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery (VBCC) recently broke ground on a demonstration farm at the newly acquired Ayers Brook Goat Dairy in Randolph, Vt. (pictured above). Ayers Brook will model best practices in goat dairy farming and the production of fluid goats’ milk. The demonstration farm also will support regional agriculture, offer a teaching venue for goat farmers throughout the United States and provide onsite training opportunities for students from Vermont schools and colleges. VBCC is collaborating with Evergreen Conservation Partners on establishing Ayers Brook Goat Dairy as an economically viable and environmentally sustainable goat dairy that will protect the landscape while fostering jobs and agricultural economic development throughout the Northeast.