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Dairy Goats are Focus of Three October Events

The World Dairy Expo is not just for cows anymore.

The World Dairy Expo is not just for cows anymore.

The internationally renowned dairy show this year is featuring a program titled Getting the Most Out of Goat Milk. It's one of three October events for beginning, experienced and aspiring dairy goat producers. The other two are a field day and a two-day conference.

The WDE program is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-noon in the Monona Room of the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. It will feature University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Emeritas William Wendorff, a dairy food scientist. The American Dairy Goat Association, the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are sponsoring the forum.

A dairy goat value-added field day will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Mount Horeb at the Ethel and James Jenson farm, 5846 County J. Participants will be able to tour the licensed farm kitchen, the milk house housing three separate bulk tanks for milk from the cows, goats and sheep raised on the farm, the farmstead whey management system and farm store. Ethel Jensen is a licensed cheesemaker and has developed her own recipes using mixtures of the milk produced on the farm. She makes her cheeses at a local licensed plant and sells them at the farm store. The day will end with apple cider and cheese-tasting, and a walk to the top of the hill to view Tyrol Basin and Blue Mounds. Attendees can bring a picnic lunch or buy lunch at the farm store.

The field day is free, but participants are urged to register in advance so enough seating and refreshments are available. To register, email [email protected] or call 608-224-5121.

Focus on Goats: Growing Wisconsin's Dairy Goat Industry is a previously announced conference Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Devil's Head Resort in Merrimac. Details and registration are available online.

Wisconsin leads the nation in the number of dairy goats, with about 33,000 head. In 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available, Wisconsin dairy goats produced about 27.6 million pounds of milk worth $7.57 million.

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