• TAKE AN OAK KNOLL DAIRY FARM TOUR
  • The milking parlor milks 16 goats at a time. We milk 400 goats twice a day. Morning milking starts at 2 AM and takes about 4 hours. Evening milking starts at 1:30 PM.
  • Each goats udder is sanitized and wiped clean with a paper towel before they are milked.
  • Our goats are fed a carefully measured amount of grain while they are milked.
  • Each milking station measures in pounds the amount of milk a goat produces. The milk goes automatically through stainless steel pipes to the stainless steel holding tank. This goat produced 4.93 pounds of milk - a good doe!
  • Processing our goats milk for market starts with figuring out how much goats milk needs to be processed in what sizes and type so as not to produce more than is ordered on any particular day.
  • Our processing plant is a computerized, stainless steel facility but still is a hands-on operation to watch the bottling line and packing the finished product in cartons.
  • Bottles to be filled move down a conveyer. Our pasteurized goats milk is held in the stainless steel tank. Nine bottles are filled at a time and once filled are then automatically capped.
  • Our staff hand boxes, hand packs the bottled milk, and watches the capping machine all before sunrise!
  • Each bottle after it is capped goes through a date code machine that imprints the SELL BY DATE on the bottle.
  • Each packed carton of milk is sealed and on its way to our refrigerated truck.
  • Cartons are stacked on a wooden skid and wrapped in plastic in the refrigerated truck. Once processing is complete and the bottled milk is delivered within hours to the distribution center.
  • After we finish processing the days order all the equipment must be cleaned and sanitized in preparation for the next processing. The processing plant must pass inspections by the state of Vermont and the FDA.
  • Feeding nearly 1,000 goats takes lots of coordination. The goats are brought to another holding pen while haylage is brought in by the Bobcat. The haylage is unwrapped and placed into a large wire cage.
  • Goats feeding on haylage in the large wire cage. We raise all the hay that becomes haylage on our 160 acres.
  • The milking barn is a state-of-the-arts, computerized facility. Side walls raise and lower automatically depending on temperature and weather. We use extended day lighting to stimulate out of season breeding. Overhead fans keep the goats cool in the warm summer months.
  • Our herds manager takes time out to give some of the milking herd a treat, as you can see, they love it!
  • All our goats are provided indoor shelter and can spend time outside if they chose to.
  • Our pregnant does, who are close to delivery, are separated from the herd and placed in the birthing barn where they are carefully monitored.
  • These day old kids weight about 5 pounds each and are kept with their mother for a day to nurse from her milk rich in vitamins. The kids are raised in a nursery where they are hand bottle fed until they are 8 weeks old. Their mother is returned to the milking herd.
  • All our goats hooves need to be trimmed regularly.
  • During the summer months our goats are body clipped to make them more comfortable.
  • Our goats are well cared for by our dedicated staff, they in turn provide YOU with their delicious milk.
  • Goats, we love ‘em!