Why Own Dairy Goats
Enjoy your own goat's milk, lattes and fabulous cheeses!
Goat's Milk Benefits
Goat's milk has become a popular alternative to cow's milk. Here are a few facts:
- They happily live on uneven ground, enjoy browsing on brush, forest or grass lands and on rocky terrain as well as flat grounds.
- Because of goats' smaller size, they are much less intimidating and easier to handle and to milk than cows.
- Goats gernically produce more milk than sheep and offer a high rate of return relative to the amount the feed they consume.
- There is a lot of discussion about the quality of milk purchased from grocery stores. Although there are many organic alternatives, milk targeted for commercial sale must be processed and pasteurized using methods that kill the beneficial bacteria.
- With your own goats, you know their history, health, considerations in which they are raised, whether or not they have been vaccinated and for what and if they have been given hormone treatments.
- You'll help the environment through eliminating of the packaging that accompanies commercially produced milk, whether paper, glass or plastic cartons that must somehow be recycled after a single use.
- Everyone seems to have known someone who has had a pet goat in their past, and that's where the trouble with goat management lies. Even though goats are not much bigger than a large dog, it is livestock, not a pet.
- Learn more about the advantages of goat's milk and cheeses at the goat portal here.
Producing a fine tasting milk takes attention to detail and must be handled with knowledge and care. Milk is one of the world's most healthful foods, but it is also extremely delicate and if not properly handled, can make you very sick. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to how you manage your animals, maintain their shelters and your milk rooms, the quality of their feed and water, how you milk and handled and clean your milk and cheese making equipment. More information about each of these items is contained in the goat and milk sections of this website.