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Goat Share

Goat Share

Douglas Gayeton for Lexicon of Sustainability

Goat Share

Location: Billy Goat Dairy, Longmont, CO

Featuring: Bill and Kendall

Buying shares in a goat herd, and paying the farmer a “boarding” fee, allows members to consume the goat’s raw milk as if it were your own (because legally it is).

Raw milk means not pasteurized. Sanitation, rather that sterilization, is the key to safe and healthy raw goat milk. This means rapidly cooling the milk and keeping it cold, along with adhering to proper cleaning procedures.

Colorado law does not permit the retail sale of raw milk, but if you keep a dairy animal in your own backyard, nothing stops you from drinking its milk. The “goat share” principle allows consumers that same right. They pay Bill $10 for a tour of his facility to see how the farm operates. $5 goes to one share of the herd and the other $5 is a deposit for the mason jar which contains a half gallon of raw goat milk. Members either return the jar and receive $10 to cancel the agreement or continue by paying $20 a month as a “boarding” fee in exchange for a half gallon of milk per week. Bill currently has 45 shareholders using his service.

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