Page 13: Down on the goat farm

Page 13: Down on the goat farm
The 56 acre property has been in Gloria's family since 1895. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The 56 acre property has been in Gloria's family since 1895. (Photo source: WLOX News)

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Gloria and Morris Richardson own and run G & M Goat Farm in Stone County, where they process goat meat and produce cheese, milk, soaps and lotions from their herd.

"I love it, I enjoy it. This is what we do everyday," said Gloria.

The 56 acre spread on the outskirts of Wiggins is on land that has been in Gloria's family for many years.

"When I met Gloria, she had the land. It's been in her family since 1895. We decided to do it as a business in 2002. We were the first in the state licensed to sell the meat. Several years later we decided to do the dairy side of it," said Morris.

On the dairy side G & M produces milk, yogurt and a wide variety of cheeses. The animals are born and raised on the farm. G & M sells product online and Morris goes to Farmer's markets in Hattiesburg, Long Beach, Ocean Springs and New Orleans.

The meat is extremely lean, and goats have a long history of providing the world with food and drink.

"The first cheese made by man was from goats, it's the most consumed milk in the world. About 72 percent of the milk consumed comes from goats. The majority of red meat in the world comes from goats," said Morris.

It's hard work running a goat farm. Gloria and Morris say they enjoy every minute of it.

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