Becky Wise, a native Oklahoman and retired music teacher, moved to the Antlers/Rattan area in June of 2011, but opening a Goat Dairy was not in her list of plans.
“When we moved here we didn’t plan on this,” Becky said. “We built the barn for storage purposes and planted hay in our field. Goats were not in the realm of things we intended to do.”
Boy where they wrong! When the hay was cut, Middle Mountain Dairy, a goat dairy in the Sardis Lake area, purchased the hay. Becky followed them back to help deliver the hay. That is when she got her first goat and plans started to develop.
“My first goat was Fernando,” Becky said. “Then came five does so we could slowly grow our heard. Than the next thing I knew we had 47 more goats coming, over time of course.”
Having only 5 goat dairies in the state of Oklahoma, Cross Broom Farm, L.L.C., prides themselves on being the only one that is this far southeast. And they are looking forward to growing and expanding. With the first expansion coming in the next month or so when they are looking forward to new baby goats arriving on the farm!
Cross Broom Farms is home to three breads of goats. Saanen, LAMancha and Cross. This unusual mixture allows them to milk their goats 365 days a year, where most dairies are seasonal.
“You will find the milk to be thick and sweet,” said Becky. “ Almost like melted ice cream but not quite that sweet.”
Cross Broom Farms is currently working on a deal to provide a company from Dallas,TX., and one from Bonham,TX., with their milk. Also, their sister dairy, Middle Mountain Dairy, will be receiving their milk as they have switched to producing cheese.
Cross Broom Farm can also sell 100 gallons of raw milk off of the farm, but customers must come to the farm to purchase the milk. For those who have priced goat milk, they are only asking $8.00 a gallon, and that isn’t bad.
Cross Broom Farms is also open for tours. If any schools or groups are interested they are open Monday through Saturday form 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. However, they are considered a closed herd so hands must be sanitized if contact is going to be made with the goats.
There will be an open house held on May 10th and 11th with a ribbon cutting kicking things off on May 10th at 10:00 a.m. Middle Mountain Dairy will be there providing free samples of their goat cheese to attendees. Samples of Cross Broom Farms milk will also be available.
You can contact Cross Broom Farms by calling 580-271-0846, mailing HC 67 Box 1045, Antlers, Ok 74523, or emailing them at