Adding Value to Milk

Looking for ways to expand your small-farm dairy business? Milk offers many opportunities for diversifying your product offerings! Here are some common ways to add value to farm-fresh milk. Cream Cream is not one of the more popular value-added dairy products around, but it does have a loyal following among health-conscious customers. Fresh, raw cream…

Heritage Livestock Breeds Comparison Charts

We recently linked to the Pick-a-Chick chart from the Livestock Conservancy, allowing prospective chicken keepers to compare the characteristics of heritage breeds at a glance. The Livestock Conservancy has many other useful charts for other types of livestock, as well: Cattle. Horses. Donkeys. Pigs. Goats. Sheep. Rabbits. Turkeys. Geese. Ducks. Depending on the type of…

Toggenburg

The tough, spirited Toggenburg is one of the most low-maintenance dairy goats—and one of the most challenging.

Saanen

This pure white breed has earned its reputation as the Holstein of the goat world.

Pygmy

Sweet and spunky, the lovable Pygmy goat endears itself to all who know it.

Oberhasli

This rare Swiss dairy breed is making a rebound thanks to the work of dedicated breeders.

Nubian

Long ears and a loud voice make this popular dairy breed distinctive—but it does not come from Africa.

Nigerian Dwarf

Goats of dwarfish proportions were once widespread across much of Africa, their historic home being a large swath stretching from the Atlantic coast inland as far as modern Sudan and almost spanning from 20°N to 20°S latitude. These miniature goats varied by region, some being stocky, cobby little animals and others proportioned like true dairy…