by Nate Rafn
Goats are fascinating animals. They have a varied diet, which includes plants that other livestock refuse to eat. Goats will often browse on blackberries, weeds, and tips of woody shrubs and trees. They excel in converting otherwise-unused plant matter into high quality meat and milk.
While goat meat is not nearly as common as beef, chicken, or pork, several farmers in Oregon believe goat meat will become more popular as rural land gives way to development. Goats are uniquely designed to thrive on hillsides and forested areas where crops and other livestock wouldn't work.
In addition, goats require less feed inputs and can survive very well on native vegetation. Their meat and milk is generally superior to that of a confined animal.
Goat milk has a slightly different taste and texture than cow's milk. It contains smaller fat globules, which keeps the cream suspended in the milk, instead of rising to the top. Although goat's milk usually has a more pronounced flavor than cow's milk, the unique taste translates very well when made into goat cheese.
Unlike raw cow's milk, raw goat milk sales are legal at the retail level in Oregon. Raw goat milk sales are also legal on the farm. No permit is necessary for farmers with no more than nine milking goats who sell the milk on the farm directly to the consumer.
Goat Dairy Farms
Abita Springs Farm
Products: raw or pasteurized goat milk
Products: raw milk from Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats
Fairview Farm Dairy
Products: organic goat cheese, goat milk, goat milk ice cream, farm stand
Fraga Farm Goat Cheese
28580 Pleasant Valley Rd. Sweet Home, OR
Products: several varieties of organic goat cheese
Great Adventure Farm
Products: raw milk from Alpine dairy goats
River Ridge Farm
Products: raw goat milk
Rivers Edge Chèvre | Three Ring Farm
Products: several varieties of goat cheese
Three Willows Ranch
Products: raw milk from Nubian and Alpine goats
Products: raw goat milk, yogurt, soft cheese, kefir, and buttermilk
Goat Meat Farms
Harmony JACK Farms
41154 Ridge Drive Scio, OR
Products: pasture-based goat meat, half or whole, custom cut and wrapped
Lookout Point Ranch
40160 East First Street, Lowell, OR
Products: Kiko goat breeding stock, brush goats, herdsires
Moon Fire Farm
Products: Boer goat meat, Alpine goat milk
Oregon Meat Goat Producers
Services: cooperative marketing, education, networking
Rocking W Boer Goats
Products: goat meat sold "on the hoof"
Sand Lily Goat Farm
Products: Boer goat meat raised on organic pasture
Middle Eastern & Halal Markets
Bazaar Pakistani-Indian & Madina Halal Meats
10255 SW Canyon Rd. Beaverton, OR
Products: goat, lamb, chicken, and beef
Beaverton Halal Meat and Mediterranean Groceries
11527 SW Canyon Rd. Beaverton, OR
Products: goat meat, olives, spices, desserts, bread, dairy products
Halal Meat & Mediterranean Food-Deli
11535 SW Pacific Hwy. Tigard, OR
Products: goat meat, olives, olive oil, rose water, beans, coffee, tea, cheese, yogurt