Update from the Creamery (2/5/2019): Ayers Brook Goat Dairy is owned and operated by the Hooper family.
Vermont Creamery officially broke ground this spring at the newly acquired Ayers Brook Goat Dairy in Randolph, Vermont. The first demonstration farm of its kind in the U.S., Ayers Brook will model best practices in goat dairy farming, support regional agriculture, and offer a teaching venue for potential and current goat farmers.
René De Leeuw is presently serving as farm manger and herd manager. He has worked with goats for over 30 years and knew he wanted to be part of this very unique project.
How long have you worked at Ayers Brook Goat Dairy?
1 1/2 years.
What do you like about goats? Or what is unique about goats that you like?
Where do I start! Goats are very special creatures. They are inquisitive, intelligent, social animals. They challenge me to always be one step ahead of them. They will always catch me if I forget something.
What is something surprising about goats/goat farming that you’d like to share?
Despite folklore goats do not eat everything. They are very finicky and carefully select just what they want to eat.
What drew you to working with animals, or with the land?
I grew up on a goat dairy and have always had a love of animals, you could say they are a part of me.
What makes Ayers Brook special from other dairy farms?
Ayers brook will be a model, demonstration, and open book operation. It will not only be a milk production farm it will be a genetics center to provide superior genetics and stock to other farms. It will also be a learning center for students and future goat farmers.
What is your favorite thing to do or make with our fresh goat cheese?
Vermont Creamery fresh goat cheese is always on my morning bagel.
What is your favorite kitchen gadget or tool?
My wife won't let me in the kitchen!
What is your favorite treat?
What one thing would you take with you on a deserted island?
A goat of course.
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Top: René DeLeeuw, photo courtesy Culture Magazine