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Sunday, March 21, 2010

And About That Goat Milk....

...We did not try goat milk nor did we visit a goat farm. We did go to the grocery store and search for some goat products. We came up with only goat milk in the milk cooler section. I read the container to the kids. It told the history of that particular goat milk company and some nutritional facts about goat's milk. I was dissappointed that we could find more products to show the kids. I did just print out a couple of things from their kid page that I know my kids will enjoy. In the future we may actually try the milk, although it is about four times the cost of cow's milk. It was $3.12 a quart. It does seem that it is healthier than cow's milk, though. Amazing really. I joke that with our size family we need our own milk cow. We live on one acre in the middle of town, so having a cow would be unrealistic. Just last week we were joking around about getting a goat, though. Not sure we ever would, but it would be possible and apparently they produce about a gallon of milk a day. That is twice what we use. Be sure and read the nutritional facts about goat's milk page and you willl understand why this would be something that would cross my mind to do. Goats are not treated with hormones, either. In our home I have had a recent concern about possible milk related allergies causing eczema in my two little ones. Alll very interesting. Seriously, I like that this curriculum (MFW Kindergarten) is making me think about this in a more open-minded way.

So, did you try thed goat milk? If so, what did you think?


  1. I used to raise goats and the milk really is so much better for you than cow's milk! Cow's milk is the most allergenic food there is. Goats milk is smaller and more easily digestible on a mollecular level and is more similar to human milk. I refuse to use infant formula for my babies when I need to supplement because it is so far removed from natural! During the first year and a half of their life, no cow's milk goes into my kids. Only breastmilk and goat's milk. Now, goat milk has a different sort of taste from cow's milk. Unhealthy goats produce very bitter milk, and also if they eat things like onions then their milk is flavored like onions. Healthy goat's milk however is a different flavor from cow's milk but can be gotten used to. Not all goats produce a gallon of milk per day. Some, especially first timers, only produce a cup or two a day. You need to give the goat a rest from milking and breed it to refresh the supply once a year. Goats gestation is 5 months long and you should dry them up about 3 months from their due date for their health. When the kid is newborn it will drink all the milk. You might get lucky and get some leftovers. When the kid is weaned you will have a good supply of milk though. If you get a goat the key to good milk is keeping them free of parasites and fed quality food. Goats do not eat tin cans but they love to stand on your car or anything else low enough for them to jump onto and will strip all the bark off trees in the winter to get the nutrients (thereby killing the tree). Rules need to be established with the children from the get go. A goat with horns is dangerous because it could have an itch and swing it's head around to itch and there's a child in the way... So dehorn the goat. Rule #1 of good goat ownership is do NOT EVER touch the top of it's head. This will trigger the goat to push or butt against your hand and then later it will think it's fun to butt you. This can seriously injure a child. It's funny when the goat is a 20 pound baby butting your fist in play but when it's an 80-pound piece of livestock it is not so cute anymore. Never let a baby goat do anything that will be undesireable when it's an adult. Train them to walk on a leash early because it will not be easy to train them when they are 70-80 pounds. Goats are extremely intelligent and very affectionate. One goat we had would stand on her hind legs and stretch out her neck to reach the tips of the dangling weeping willow leaves that hung over the goat pen. They make wonderful pets and are very loyal and unless taught bad manners are very gentle and loving. My goat when having her first kid would lay down and labor, then when I ran to the house to update my parents on the status, she would stand up and wait for me to get back before laying down to labor again. One goat we had named Velvet would rub her head up and down our legs.
    Anyway, sorry for the mile-long ramble! I love goats! They are wonderful and the milk is so much healthier! The milk I get for my babies is actually the canned POWDERED version from Meyenberg which is price comparable to infant formula. We get it at Fred Meyer or our local healthfood stores. I have heard Safeway carries it as well but we don't have a Safeway. Sam's Club carries the fresh version.

    Good luck in your investigation into whether goats and/or goat milk would be a good change for you! :)


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