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From executive to goat farmer: a life success story

By Leah Wankum/Editor

Richmond native Cheryl Marrant, owner of CLM Goats and Goat Milk Products, offers treats to her male goats, (from left) Bud, Spaz, Turtle and Bambi. She knows all 19 of her goats by name. (Photo by Leah Wankum/Richmond News)

Richmond native Cheryl Marrant, owner of CLM Goats and Goat Milk Products, offers treats to her male goats, (from left) Bud, Spaz, Turtle and Bambi. She knows all 19 of her goats by name. (Photo by Leah Wankum/Richmond News)

Got milk? Cheryl Marrant does. Goat milk, to be exact.

Marrant’s agribusiness has only been open since September last year, but she already has a regular customer base. In fact, her business started paying for itself within the first eight months.

CLM Premium Goats and Goat Milk Products is located about five miles west of Richmond off of Missouri Highway 210. The business has 19 Nigerian Dwarf Goats – 16 for breeding and three as pets – and Marrant knows each of them by name.

“Our goats are very, very well cared for, and that’s very important to us,” Marrant said. “Our goats are raised like you’d raise any pet. They’re like a little dog. They are going to come to you, and you’re going to hug them and love them, and they love it. They love people. They love interaction.”

Marrant only uses farm-fresh ingredients for her business, which is primarily soaps and lotions she makes from her goats’ milk.

“Nigerian dwarfs have the best, highest butter-fat milk of any goat,” she said. “It is awesome. We make cheese, I make ice cream, I make yogurt, all that stuff, with that milk. It is delicious.”

Marrant only uses raw milk for her soaps and lotions, a fact she said is what makes her products stand out from other goat milk soaps and lotions.

“Raw goat milk is full of vitamin E and vitamin A,” she said. “It’s just very good for your skin, and the more you have of it, the better it’s going to be. Going to the store and buying a can, you know what a can of goat milk looks like? It’s brown. That can’t be right. Raw goat milk looks like cow milk.”

The raw milk doesn’t keep long, so Marrant recommends keeping the lotion refrigerated, but the soap lasts forever.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 Richmond News.

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