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Stolen goats — milk money sure isn't what it used to be

August 5, 2011 - Carla Tracy

I’ve heard of “cash cows.” But now I know how valuable goats are as Surfing Goat Dairy's owner, Thomas Kafsack, has just sent out an email offering a $5,000 reward for the return of his stolen goats.

“Yesterday afternoon, someone stole two milking goats from our pasture on Omaopio Road in Kula, Maui,” says Kafsack. “Both goats are excellent milkers.”

"One is named Dopio. She’s a brown goat with some black spots. Spreckles is a young white goat."

But there’s more.

“On July19th - also during daylight hours - someone stole another five of our milking goats from our other pastures,” Kafsack continues. “Three white young goats named Alyss, Sadie and Kiawe; a tan goat named Latte; and a dark brown goat named Maxine.

“With these seven goats missing, our milking herd is now reduced by nearly 10 percent, which equals 10 percent less milk or cheese. Milking goats like these have a value of about $12,000 each.”

Now, that’s a lot of milk money.

“But they are not only valuable, they are family to us. We know their mothers and fathers and it goes back several generations now.”

“We offer a reward of $5,000 if someone brings back our goats alive (no questions asked) or gives important information to the police or us so that the perpetrators are caught.”

“Please help us. We are very sad and devastated. You cannot have local goat cheese when the goats are being stolen.”

Surfing Goat Dairy 3651 Omaopio Road, Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Their phone number is 878-2870, email is


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