Member Category: FarmMember Tags: dairy, goat cheese, goats, and milk
Hi, I’m Gloria Montero, owner of Montero Goat Farm, a lifelong resident of Fallon, Nevada, and I’ve been in the goat business for over 25 years.
The legacy of Montero Goat Farm begins in the early 1920s. My grandfather immigrated to the United States from Portugal. He settled in California where he owned a cow dairy and also kept goats for meat and milk to feed his family. My father was raised with goats and moved to Fallon in 1963. He milked cows by profession and also kept about 60 goats for food and milk and to sell to the public.
While I have grown up around goats my entire life, I didn’t take it up as a profession until 1993. I started with a great herd of registered La Mancha milk goats. In 1998 I bought my first meat goat, a 100% full blood registered Boer buck. From there, I started a breeding program to raise quality, healthy meat goats for the general public and to raise awareness of the health benefits of goat meat.
I reached out to the local 4-H Club, only to find out that there was no goat program in Fallon! So – I became a 4-H leader and convinced the Nevada Junior Livestock show to allow children to show goats. I also started the goat program here in Fallon. Most recently I have ventured into pack goats and discovered another exciting new world!
I now have goats in Lovelock grazing on pastures on the Clinger Ranch. Rancher Carl Clinger also has goats, and we work together to provide the consumer with the best quality meat we can. We focus on natural methods of health management; no hormones or steroids are used on our goats. We do not feed or advocate the use of genetically modified feeds. Our goats are grazed on pastures with plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
Boer Goats are my specialty. I raise goats for meat and dairy and also for pack uses and weed control. What a versatile animal!
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