Goat milk is the most consumed milk world wide. Adding a dairy goat to your farm will produce milk for the family table and is a healthy alternative to cow milk. Goat milk does not taste any different from cow milk. It may have a somewhat whiter shade, because it doesn't contain the carotene that gives a yellow tinge to the fat in cow milk. People accustomed to drinking 2% or skim cow milk- milk that has had the butterfat removed- may comment on the "richness" of goat milk.
For humans, raw goat milk is extremely digestable and easier for people with milk intolerances to digest. This is due to the molecular composition, which for goat milk is 1/5 that of cow milk. Goat milk can be digested and assimilated in the bloodstream in 20 minutes versus one to two hours for cow milk.
It has been said that goat milk is "naturally homogenized" because of the smaller fat globules. Natural homogenization might be a problem for people who want cream for butter and other uses; goat milk requires a separator to extract the cream.
Goat milk is a good source of calcium, riboflavin, protein, biotin, panothenic acid, potassium, and vitamin D. In a one-cup serving of goat milk there are 167 calories, 35% of recommended daily calcium needed, and around 17.4% protein.
Like any product used for human consumption sanitation is key: Use a four-quart seamless stainless half-mooned milking pail it will pay for its self.
Milk in a clean, dust free environment. The does hair should be clipped on the udder and any loose hair should be brushed out. Wash the udder with a washing solution. First milk should be squirted in a strip cup to check for bloody or clumpy milk ( a sign of mastitis). Use a strainer that uses disposable strainer pads. There are several special detergents that remove milkstone deposits for your milking equipment. Milking for beginners
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Goat milk can be used to produce many products; milk, cheese, kefir, yogurt, fudge, ice cream, buttermilk, cream cheese, & goat milk soap. Dairy goats incorporated into a meat goat herd can produce strong hybrid crosses or produce milk for orphaned or rejected kids (powdered milk doesn't come close to the real thing).
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