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Mini goats produce big-flavored cheeses at local business

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GASTON, OR (KPTV) -

A local family business is based around big-flavored cheeses that come from little animals.

Quail Run Creamery uses the milk from Nigerian dwarf goats to produce mozzarella, chevre and feta. The Catino family sells their cheese to local restaurants.

The miniature goats grow in size to just around 75 pounds and they produce only a quarter of the milk of a typical dairy goat.

But that milk is thick and creamy and creates a depth of flavor perfect for making cheese.

"We fell in love with these goats and with the cheese and seven years later we have a huge farm and we're grade-A dairy, creamery," said Scott Dominic Catino.

Catino said it all started as a 4-H project for their son. Now, the family has more than 100 Nigerian dwarf goats on their 20-acre farm near Gaston, with around 30 producing milk at any given time.

Catino said you don't need to run a creamery to enjoy the benefits of being around these miniature goats, either.

Not only are they playful, but he said they will even walk on a leash.

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