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UC Davis Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery

The only University-run goat dairy and creamery.

Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery includes a milking parlor, milk room, clean room, aged cheese room and packing room. The facility helps students model common animal husbandry issues facing production goat dairies and provide a space where students, staff, faculty and industry stakeholders can process milk and make cheese on state-of-the-art equipment.

The cheese produced there will eventually be sold at the Meat Lab and used in some campus eateries. And small-scale homestead cheesemakers will have new opportunities to hone their craft on campus.

Each year, about 1,000 students study goats in their courses at UC Davis. The herd size fluctuates between 65 and 125 Alpines, Saanens, LaManchas and Recorded Grades goats, all of them registered through the American Dairy Goat Association and housed in pens surrounding the main barn.