Vermont Creamery’s Advice to Dairy Farmers: Switch From Cows to Goats

Dairy farmer Shawn Gingue of Waterford and his family reached a breaking point with their business around 2015.

The family had farmed for generations and wanted to continue. But they were losing money, Gingue told farmers and others gathered for a seminar on diversifying Tuesday at the Northern Tier Dairy Summit.

“Basically it came down to we really wanted to farm, but the numbers were telling us ‘Don’t do it,’” said Gingue. “And if you just persevere and say no, ‘I want to milk,’ we probably would have lost the farm in the end.”

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