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By MIRANDA KENNY
AIRYFARMERS are being urged to
make the switch from milking cows to
goats as limited supplies drive strong
demand for goat milk.
Udder Delights owner Sheree Sullivan,
Hahndorf, said she would be keen to source
double the amount of goat milk she was able
"At this time of year there is always less milk
available as goats are getting pregnant now,"
"But overall we buy in 12,000 litres a
month, and ideally I'd love to be able to buy
twice that," she said.
"We could easily take 24,000L/month."
Ms Sullivan said she paid $1.30/L for deliv-
ered goat milk, which compared favourably to
cow milk prices of about 40 cents/L.
"When we set up Udder Delights, goat
cheese was the main product," she said.
"I would love to make more goat cheese but
now, because of lack of supply, our product
range consists of 30 per cent of goat milk
products and 70pc cow milk."
Ms Sullivan also said there was an opportu-
nity for hobby farmers to convert unused for-
mer dairy sheds into goat milking facilities.
"That's how Udder Delights started and it's
exactly what we did," she said.
"We had an old stone barn on the property,
and when my parents decided to start milking
goats that's what was used at the dairy.
"We found the Dairy Authority of South
Australia very helpful and supportive during
While Sheree's par-
ents, Trevor and
used to run a
goat dairy as part
herd was sold when
the family, which
maker Saul Sullivan, decided to concentrate
They source goat milk from a Middleton
goat dairy and cow milk from several local
Woodside Cheese Wrights' head cheesemak-
er and owner Kris Lloyd, Woodside, said she
worked closely with two goat dairies to ensure
she had a steady supply of milk throughout
"Many goats fall into kid about now, so sup-
plies usually taper off then," she said.
"I have two great suppliers, and I work
closely with them as we all have to be sustain-
able and work with seasonal issues.
"They stagger matings, so while milk supply
can drop over winter, I don't really experience
that dip now."
Ms Lloyd said her product range consisted
of 60pc goat milk cheese and 40pc cow milk.
"I've had to introduce cow milk into the
range as part of my business plan," she said.
"This keeps my fabulous team busy, and
ensures a steady supply of work throughout
Dairy Goat Society of SA president Ros Belle,
Abacus, Williamstown, was pragmatic when it
came to opportunities for people to start pro-
ducing goat milk.
"Up until about 10 years ago, the industry
was still in its infancy here," she said.
"We don't have the same number of cheese-
makers as in the eastern states -- there are cur-
rently about five commercial producers in SA.
"There certainly seems to be a fair bit of
scope for the development of artisan goat milk
products, such as cheese and goat milk soap,
but there are a lot of rules and regulations peo-
ple need to abide by if they are producing milk
for human consumption."
Ms Belle said dairy goats were highly intelli-
gent animals and they made good pets.
There was also export demand for dairy
goats, with many sold to Asia.
"I've been breeding Saanens and
Toggenburgs for 30 years," she said.
"Saanens are very placid and are big milk
"I breed stud animals and also produce my
own cheeses and soaps."
Ms Belle said people looking to source dairy
goats should buy them from registered breed-
ers, who would give animals health checks
and production tests.
"Dairy goats do need shelter because they
don't have much body fat," she said.
"Fencing also needs to be in reasonable
order -- I use an electric off-set.
"Goats also need good feed if they are to pro-
duce quantities of milk, they don't just eat
anything as they are browsers rather than graz-
Ms Belle said goat milk was good for lactose-
intolerant people because the milk was easily
For this reason, goat milk was also popular
with dog breeders.
"The goat was known as the poor man's cow,
and is a highly efficient energy converter, as
well as being kinder on the actual ground than
heavier animals," she said.
"A reasonable animal should milk three to
four litres a day."
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Goat milk in short supply
Saanen dairy goats are known to be placid to
handle and big milk producers.
$1.30/L paid for delivered goat milk
Dairy Authority of SA helpful
Scope for development of artisan goat milk
Hills and Murray
Upper River Torrens Landcare Group,
Butterfly Conservation SA, Muntrie Magic,
Trees for Life, Conservation Volunteers,
Fishcare, CFS Community Education, Native
Animal Network, Hills Woodturners Group,
Adelaide Hills Solar, Fodder Solutions and the
SA Murray Darling Basin and AMLRNRM
Boards were represented at the 2011 Natural
Resource Management tent at the March 19
Mount Pleasant Show.
The tent was a hive of activity, representing
a range of non-government organisations,
and State govern-
As well as live ani-
mal displays there
were food tastings,
fluffy native animals
to touch, land management advice, weed
identification, water sampling, volunteer
opportunities, native plants for sale, solar
energy displays, woodturning and growing
your own fodder demonstrations.
• Need to inow more?
If you wish to be at the 2012 NRM, contact Kim
Thompson, UTLMP project officer 08 8568 1876.
Environment stand's show success
THE Natural Resource Management tent won
the Best Trade Stand 2011 at the Mount
Pleasant Show. And co-ordinators Kim
Thompson, Upper Torrens Land Management
Project; Faye McGoldrick, Mount Pleasant
Natural Resource Centre and Claire Kinloch,
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural
Resources Managements Boards were delight-
ed to accept the plaque.
Udder Delights' Sheree Sullivan is keen
to source more goat milk for her
family's cheese making
New members welcome
For enquiries on Breeds or
Membership contact :
Linda Schmidt: 08 8564 5020
Cathy Packham: 08 8562 6007
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