Tom Chambers’ Heavenly Dairy
PINCKNEY, Michigan — Nineteen-year-old Tom Chambers has been raising dairy goats for half his life and is working hard to make them his future.
Though he lacks time for a girlfriend, Chambers says he’s been surprised at the positive reaction he’s gotten from girls he brings to his family’s 124-old farm, where he runs Heavenly Dairy.
“I thought being a goat man, that’s not very attractive, not the big romantic image of the American rancher,” said Chambers, who sells shares in his pedigree Alpine herd to people seeking unpasteurized goat milk.
Chambers believes the market for unpasteurized goat milk will only expand as more people turn to goat’s milk for it’s digestive qualities and health benefits.
As of now, Chambers milks nine Alpine goats that he says produce as much milk as 20 regular goats because he upgraded his “genetics and bred to get the production,” Chambers told Dairy Goat Journal in this interview.
Chambers plans to major in dairy management at Michigan State University, about 45 miles away, and balance two years of college with his dairy goat business.
“I am not going to down-grade the goat operation. This is what I want to do,” Chambers said. “It is just going to get bigger.”