Madeleine Herring-Trott

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I raise a small herd of dairy goats in Dutchess county.  I make and sell soaps and lotions from their milk.  I sell the products at farmers markets, craft fairs, festivals and stores.  I show my goas at the Dutchess county fair.  My goal is to farm full time.  Along with selling soaps and lotions I want to get into selling cheese, yogurt, gelato and milk.  

Description of marketing method:

I'm planning to sell my products at farmers markets, craft fairs, festivals, stores and on the farm.  

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

barns, milking parlor, creamery 

Description of fencing required:

cattle fencing or electic netting

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:


Description of livestock/crops:

I raise oberhasli and sable goats.  I have four goats and I'm planning to expand my herd.  

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, 4, 5

Experience description:

I've been raising and showing goats for 13 years.  I volunteered at Sprout Creek farm to help with their goats.  My first real job was at Secor Strawberries.  My jobs there were picking blueberries, planting strawberries and pumkins and weeding the vegetable fields and flowers.  I went to SUNY Cobleskill to study beef and livestock.  While I studied there I worked with goats, sheep, pigs, dairy and beef cattle and horses.  I graduated a year early with a bachlors degree in beef and livestock.  I did my internship at Sprout Creek Farm.  I worked with the goats and assisted in making cheese.  I learned how to make a variety of different cheeses from cows and goats milk.  After my internship ended, I started to work at coach farm.  I took care of over 800 dairy goats.  Their care included milking, feeding, foot care, moving them to different groups, breeding, birthing, caring for goat kids, cleaning pens and waterers, and caring for sick goats.  I worked there for four years.  I left coach farm when over 700 goats were sold.  Then I got hired at Point of View farm.  I cared for their Finnsheep and horses.