For the Love of Goats
If you ever thought about starting a commercial dairy, today’s episode is for you. I am talking to a couple of New Yorkers who moved to Vermont to start a goat dairy selling gelato!
Michael and Lisa Davis of Sweet Doe Dairy in Vermont talk about their decision to leave corporate jobs to become goat farmers and make gelato. We talk about why they chose Nigerian dwarf goats for their business, even though they are the smallest breed of dairy goat and often overlooked by those who are serious about milk production. Then we really dig into the details on building a dairy, expenses that you might not consider, budgeting, working with state inspectors, and how to move from your own kitchen to a commercial operation.
3:20 the decision to start a herd of Nigerian dwarf goats for the dairy
8:00 growing a herd and selling goats
13:08 unusual expenses of having a dairy (cleaning agents, nutritional info on labeling, daily testing, and more!)
18:29 cost of infrastructure, budgeting, working with state inspectors
26:25 graduating from making personal ice cream in your home kitchen to creating a business selling gelato
30:16 why not sell ice cream or cheese?
34:40 the difference between gelato and ice cream
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