Milan goat farm

Fran Riley Feature

MILAN, Ill. (KWQC) – Jim and Linda Johansen of Milan thought it would be a hobby. Now, it’s a full-time business.

The couple raises several breeds of dairy goats. One hundred twenty females. Three males. Production is about 200 thousand pounds of dairy milk a year. The Johansen’s sell the goat milk to a company in Wisconsin. That company processes the milk into goat cheese and sells it worldwide.

The babies are bottle fed. They drink about 24 to 30 ounces of milk every day until they are five weeks old. Then, they eat grain and hay.

It’s a busy day. The Johansen’s have chores for almost six hours in the morning, and likewise at night. Some of the adult males weigh 350 pounds. The adult females are about 150 pounds.

Jim knows every goat by name. Spirit, Heritage, Harmony, Brownie, and Sharyn to name just a few. Linda says goats are like dogs, they are social animals and love people unconditionally.

Retirement is not in the picture. The couple says they started a new venture and they hope to continue for the next 20 years. It’s enough, they joke, to get your goat!


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