Dairy Goat Housing Floor Plans

Having the correct plans for building an ideal shelter for your dairy goats can make all the difference when it comes to protection, organization, and feeding. 

By Jerry Belanger and Sara Thomson Bredesen
December 2017

Raising Dairy Goats Cover

Everything you need to know to raise dairy goats including housing, fencing, feeding, disease diagnosis and treatment, breeding, milking, dairying, and cheese making is all included iStorey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats (Storey Publishing, 2017). Authors Jerry Belanger and Sara Thomson Bredesen see dairy goats as a great choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. Goats require a smaller investment than cows and produce milk that is great for making delicious fresh yogurt and cheese.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats

Providing a shelter for dairy goats is an essential aspect of keeping them comfortable and safe. Ideally facilities for dairy goats have plenty of space for the goats to be social, hay and feed storage, a water source, manger, a clean milking stand area, and doors big enough to move easily in and out with materials and multiple goats. Goats are notorious for using everything at their disposal to break through fences and structures, so be sure your barn/shed/garage/coop is sturdy.