The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently broke ground on a brand-new, state of the art dairy goat parlor and creamery, near the existing Dairy Goat Teaching and Research Facility at UC Davis.
The Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery will be a 2,420 square foot facility and will take approximately eight months to complete. The California Department of Food and Agriculture inspected, and approved facility will include a milking parlor, milk room, clean room, aged cheese room and a packing room.
The new facility will allow students, faculty and other industry stakeholders to produce, market, and sell Grade A goat cheese. The UC Davis animal science facilities typically keep a herd numbering between 65 and 125 depending on the current research needs. The dairy herd consists of Saanens, Alpines, LaManchas, and Recorded Grades.
Goats have been part of UC Davis teaching, research and outreach for more than 100 years. An updated facility will provide hands on learning opportunities for animal science, food science and animal management majors.
The Noel Dairy Goat Research Fund and the Betty Nordfelt Memorial Research Fund were sizable contributors to making the project possible.