We have been raising and milking goats for over 12 years. We mainly raise our babies as pets.
Feeding More Than Baby Goats
Goat's milk is obviously the best food for baby goats—but it is also great for many other types of babies, as well. This milk is very commonly used to feed orphaned kittens, puppies, foals, etc. There is even some discussion of using goat's milk for human babies who have trouble digesting the standard formula.
We have been raising goats for about 12 years. We do not have a farm, but we own over 1.5 acres. It was very overgrown with briers and various other weeds and bushes. We were told goats were the easiest way to clear unwanted brush—and so we bought our first two goats to clear the land for us.
They were wild and had never been handled by people. We are big animal lovers and decided to tame these two goats. It took some time but they slowly became very tame and sweet. We loved these two girls so much that we decided to keep them as pets.
We were not told that the goats we bought were pregnant, so it was a pleasant surprise when they gave birth within days of each other. Goat babies are about the cutest animals we have ever seen! We were officially hooked on having goats in our lives.
The Benefits of Drinking Goat's Milk
I have personally not tried goat's milk myself, nor am I a licensed physician or nutritionist, but I know several people who have started drinking goat's milk and sing its praises. After several friends started asking if I milked my goats, I began doing some of my own research about this type of milk. I learned some interesting facts.
Goat's Milk vs Indigestion
Drinking goat's milk means less chance of gas, bloating, and other types of digestive problems compared to pasteurized cows milk.
Studies link goat's milk to an increased ability to metabolize iron and copper. The chemical makeup of goat's milk is closer to human milk than cow's milk. This means that it's easier for humans to digest and assimilate.
It has less fat but it still has high levels of proteins and essential amino acids. Cow's milk has about 17% fatty acids, whereas goat's milk averages 35%. This makes it more nutritionally wholesome.
Goat's Milk For Lactose-Intolerant People
Up to 50% of people who are lactose intolerant can easily digest goat's milk, especially if it is raw. It is high in calcium, just like cows milk. Drinking cow's milk is a common reason for excess mucous. Goat's milk does not cause excess mucous because the fat-globule content is lower than in cow's milk.
Goat's Milk and Cheese
The Nutrition of Goat's Milk
It is extremely high in riboflavin (1 cup = 20% of daily needs). High amounts of phosphorous, Vitamin B12, protein, and potassium means it is extremely nutrient-dense.
Many people are making homemade yogurt and cheese.
Drinking goat's milk increases the natural accumulation of chlorine silicon and flourine in the body. Chlorine and silicon naturally fight germs and bacteria. It contains many natural antibodies that increase the body's immunity,
Who Is Drinking Goat's Milk?
Goat's milk can be used for many different mammals.
- For infants: It is easier to digest than cow's milk or powdered formula. It contains all of the nutrition necessary to support the healthy growth of infants. I am not saying to take babies off formula and replace it with goat's milk. But it has been used for infants who have digestion problems.
- For foals: Goat's milk has been used as a substitute milk for centuries. It is similar to mare's milk, probably closer than other species milk. It is not a perfect match; the energy content is higher in goat's milk because it is higher in fat. Mare's milk is higher in carbohydrates.
- Other mammals: I have had requests for goat's milk for orphaned puppies and kittens. Many people have chosen to use goat's milk instead of canned milk for orphaned animals.
Goat's Milk Soap
Goat's milk contains alpha hydroxy acids, which help remove dead skin cells. This helps your skin feel smoother and look younger
It also contains vitamin A, which helps repair damaged skin tissues. The mineral selenium is also present, which is believed to help prevent skin cancer.
Goat's milk has anti-bacterial properties, which can inhibit the growth of pimple-forming bacteria. And it also reduces skin inflammation and redness.
It will not dry your skin out like many soaps because of the cream present in the milk.
So with the numerous vitamins (Vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E), the alpha hydroxy acids, the mineral selenium, and the cream, the benefits of goat's milk for your skin are extensive.
The Many Benefits
High in calcium
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Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on October 21, 2018:
Thank you so much for the positive feedback. I love everything to do with goats. They are such awesome animals to be around
ziyena from the United States on October 21, 2018:
Your article caught my eye because I write about women's health issues related to Uterine Fibroids Disease and one of the alternatives to store bought cheese is grass-fed goat cheese which is hormone injection free. Of course, goat's milk would be another alternative to homogenized cow milk which is another darned no-no ... I love baby goats! Thanks for the interesting read. Cheers