More than ever, we’re aware of how our food choices impact the health of our planet and our communities. Goats provide a delicious, real-milk option but with a considerably lighter hoofprint than their bovine counterparts.
Raising dairy goats is a labor of love that doesn’t lend itself to industrial-sized farming. Because of their smaller scale, goat farms can avoid the problems caused by conventional dairy’s intensive feeding operations like air and groundwater pollution.1
Dairy goats need less water per gallon of milk produced than most other livestock raised for dairy. They also produce nearly 20 times less methane per kilogram of body weight than cows.3 Unlike cows, goats also display great resilience to heat and are considered the dairy animal most adaptable to the kind of high temperature environments expected as a result of climate change.4
Our farms only use feed that is free from antibiotics and hormones. Routine use of antibiotics and growth hormones in livestock feed can pollute waters, disrupt ecological balance, and lead to public health issues like antibiotic-resistant bacteria.1
What we can’t get from solar, comes from wind and geothermal sources. We also operate an extensive water-saving program that uses greywater to irrigate neighboring fields. All of our packaging is designed with sustainability in mind and is made with lightweight recyclable plastic that is free of harmful chemicals.
1Hribar, Carrie. “Understanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Their Impact on Communities.” National Association of Local Boards of Health, 2010.
2Darcan, N.K. and Nissim Silanikove. “The Advantages of Goats for Future Adaptation to Climate Change.” Small Ruminant Research, Elsevier, 2017.
3Paul J. Grotzen, Ingo Aselmann & Wolfgang Seiler: Methane Production of Domestic Animals, Wild Ruminants, Other Herbivorous Fauna, and Humans. Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Department of Air Chemistry, Germany (1986).
4Navarette-Molina et al. “Not all ruminants were created equal: Environmental and socio-economic sustainability of goats ujndera arginal-extensive prodution system.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020.
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