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Start your goat farm - target ethnic markets

Start your goat farm - target ethnic markets

By Blake Jackson

Pennsylvania veterans with an eye towards raising sheep and goats for ethnic and religious markets have a valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and connect with resources. The PA Veteran Farming Network is hosting a free workshop on Tuesday, May 28th, from 7-8:30 pm at Fair Winds Farm in Lancaster County.

This workshop delves into the specific considerations veterans should be aware of when raising sheep or goats for these unique markets. Attendees will learn about direct consumer sales strategies and how to cater to customer preferences for specific religious observances. This includes understanding seasonal fluctuations in demand and the types of breeds or slaughter methods preferred by different communities.

Beyond market considerations, the workshop tackles the practicalities of regulations. A public health veterinarian will be present to answer questions on humane slaughter techniques, proper waste disposal, and ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations.

This workshop is a fantastic opportunity for veterans and beginning farmers to gain valuable knowledge and navigate the initial steps towards success in this specialized agricultural niche. Thanks to funding from the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, attendance is completely free for veterans, military spouses, and beginning farmers.

As an added bonus, attendees can participate in an optional pre-workshop tour at 6:30 pm, hosted by Navy veteran Jan Hamby and Army veteran Dale Hamby. This tour offers a firsthand look at their veteran-owned farm raising Finn sheep and lavender, providing a glimpse into the realities of running a successful agricultural operation. Register at no later than May 25, 2024.

Photo Credit: pexels-pavel-bondarenko

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