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On Oklahoma goat farm, wife gets the last laugh

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: September 1, 2009 at 4:34 am •  Published: September 1, 2009
ENID — After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Shelley Larsen’s husband decided to enlist in the U.S. Army.

He told her it was what he wanted to do but when he got out of the Army, they would do whatever she wanted to do.

Larsen jokingly said she wanted to have a goat farm and make cheese.

Larsen got the last laugh and now owns a budding and successful goat farm, Last Laugh Farms.

Larsen, along with her mother, Belinda Jung, started Last Laugh Farms in 2008 to create goat milk products.

"We bought 12 (goats) to begin with,” Larsen said. "I didn’t know much about goats, but Mom and I learned very quickly.”

Now, Last Laugh has 39 goats and is continuing to expand. Larsen and Jung are hoping to grow their goat herd so they have enough milk to sell cheese and ice cream.

As it stands, the milk — which is unpasteurized — itself is such a popular seller there is none left for cheese or ice cream.

Many people prefer unpasteurized milk for the live microorganisms believed to be beneficial to humans and animals, Larsen said.

Because Last Laugh’s milk is raw, the Food and Drug Administration requires buyers go to the farm to pick it up.

"Customers can come see how we milk,” she said.

People who are lactose intolerant can use the milk, Larsen said.


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