Drought Could Spell Disaster for Wisconsin Goat Dairies
The 2012 summer drought, among the worst on record, could lead to an exodus of goat farms from the Badger State. As the drought pushes up costs for feed and hits milk production hard, goat farmers are unsure if they can make it to the year's end unless cheese plants are willing to pay more for goat milk.
"I am doing what I can, and writing to the people who buy the milk to try and deliver the message that we can't keep going when the price we get is less than what we can make it for," one goat producer messaged. "We all need to keep spreading the word so we can save our farms."