With the organic movement increasing and the interest in goats on the rise, goat producers may want to check into the requirements for organic certification. While the paperwork can be daunting, a certified organic stamp can help when it comes time to market goat products.
In order to become an organic farm, there must be documentation of no use of herbicides or pesticides for three years. This doesn’t just apply to your own property, but also to feed that’s purchased for the herd. The prospective organic farmer has to consider where hay and grain are obtained, fly control, worming methods and other such concerns.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, MOSES, is a valuable asset for determining if organic farming is feasible to your operation. They can put you in touch with mentors, provide information on how to get started and how to work your way through the paperwork and refer you to people in your area who can provide assistance. Based in Wisconsin, MOSES offers a good stepping off point for anyone who is interested in organic farming, regardless of location.