Ruggles Hill Creamery
Nationally awarded farmstead goat cheese   Hardwick MA
Hay fields

Practices

Ruggles Hill Creamery sits in the middle of our 38-acre farm in the bucolic central Massachusetts town of Hardwick, just east of the Quabbin. The farmhouse dates from 1760 and sits along a quiet lane with hayfields to the west and with barns and pastures surrounding the house to the south and east.

 

We began raising dairy goats in 2001 and started our licensed goat dairy in 2005 in Carlisle and moved to Hardwick in 2010.





2012 Haying

We follow as many organic practices as practical and are certified Animal Welfare Approved.

 

Our hay is our own or locally grown. We do feed a certified organic grains, non-GM shredded beet pulp, and black oiled sunflower seeds to the does in milk, to kids, and to the bucks to foster body condition. The mainstay of the goats' provisioned diet is good quality mixed grasses and legumes. Both the bucks and does graze pastures high and low. Seasonally, the goats browse daily in low woodlands off the ridge.

 

Our goats are vaccinated for tetanus and rabies but are given no prophylactic drugs. We will use antibiotics if warranted by serious injury or illness.

 

The quality of our milk is key to our cheese and reflects our goat husbandry and the love of our goats.


last revised August 2018