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    Spike, one of the bucks at Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham, nuzzles another of the farm's cashmere goats. Just 305 of Maine's more than 8,000 farms raised meat goats in 2012, according to the U.S. Farm Census that year. Staff photo by Derek Davis

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    Abby Sadauckas selects goat meat from a freezer at the farm. "Goat is a precious commodity in our house," Saudackas said.

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    Goat meat is a cornerstone of meals in countries like Somalia, homeland to many recent immigrants to Maine. Staff photo by Derek Davis

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    Abby Sadauckas catches up with Gala, one of the cashmere meat goats at Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham. Staff photo by Derek Davis

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    The number of Maine farms raising meat goats has gone up about 30 percent since the USDA started tracking that data in the five-year Farm Census in 1997. Staff photo by Derek Davis

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    Spike at Apple Creek Farm on Tuesday. Apple Creek is the only vendor selling goat meat at the Brunswick Winter Market. Staff photo by Derek Davis

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    Farmer Abby Sadauckas trims the hooves of one of the cashmere goats at Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham. Staff photo by Derek Davis

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    Goat meat products at Apple Creek Farm. Abby Sadauckas says her aim is to ensure that her animals live long, healthy lives before they are eventually processed.

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