Goat Expansion for Profit
Grant Award: $8,000
With the goal of increasing their goat herd to 100 head by 2026, the Kellers will convert approximately 3,000 feet of barbed wire previously used for cattle containment to 4″ x 4″ woven wire fencing for goats. They’ll also add an additional 1,300 feet of fencing to allow for rotational grazing and install 5 gates. This will add 15 acres to their current 8 acres of grazing pasture for their 50 head of goats.
In order to increase efficiency of working the herd, they will also purchase a tilt table and construct a 10′ x 16′ cover to protect the working station. These improvements will give them the infrastructure to grow their herd to 70 in 2022, with hopes of increasing sales (both at the Cleveland County small animal sale and direct to customers) for a profitable goat business.
The Kellers also farm sweet corn, which they sell at local markets, direct from farm and at the McDowell Food Hub.