There are approximately one billion goats in the world. Of that total, about 2 1/2million are in the United States existing on approximately 152,000 goat farms. Compared to the rest of the world, the United States is lagging greatly in the raising of goats for goat products. There is, however, reason for hope in the future with regards to the goat industry in the United States and goat milk products in the United States.
The demographics of the United States is changing rapidly. Known for many years now as the melting pot, the United States is only recently living up to that reputation. As more and more immigrants travel to the shores of the United States in search of a better life, they bring their cultures with them, and a staple of most cultures outside the United States is goat milk, goat cheeses, and other goat products. Demand for those products is increasing, and with an increase in demand comes a related increase in supply. In a free market society, supply follows demand as night follows day. It is inevitable.
So, although the goat industry in the United States, and goat milk products in the United States, face an uphill battle (tradition is oftentimes hard to change), there are reasons to believe that the goat industry will continue to increase in sales as the demographics of this country continues to change.
We at Mt. Capra like to believe we have been ahead of the curve for quite a few years now. Since the mid-1980’s, when Frank Stout purchased this farm and renamed it Mt. Capra, we have been producing quality goat milk products with an eye on the day, in the future, when goat milk supplements would be recognized for their unique health benefits. We firmly believe that the day will come when the majority of U.S. citizens will be educated about the benefits of goat milk, and the economic pendulum will swing in favor of goat milk products.
Yes, the future of farming is bright when seen from our eyes. We are a small goat farm with huge dreams.
ABOUT MT. CAPRA
Mt. Capra is a small, family-run farm in the Pacific Northwest which, for nearly a century, has been producing premium whole foods and nutritional products from goat milk. Our grass-fed goats graze on pesticide-free and chemical-free forage 365 days a year. No hormones or antibiotics are used to increase production.
“Wellness shaped by goat’s milk”