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Basics Of Dairy Goat Care

Dairy goats are among the most versatile farm animals that have been domesticated for centuries, and they provide leather, fur, milk, cheese, and similar. Unlike cattle and other livestock, they only require a moderate about of upkeep on a daily basis.

Goats Used For Dairy Products

There are currently six different kinds of goats that the American Dairy Goat Association for the production of milk and other dairy products. These are Toggenburgs, Saanens, Alpines, Oberhaslis, LaManchas, and Nubians.

Alpines and Saanens are the two most popular goats bred for their milk, and Alpines are known for their straight-shaped faces and ears. They can also be bred in any color. Saanens are pure white in color and are known for their large capacity udders for milk production.

Nubians are among the larger goat breeds out of the six, and they’re known for their floppy long ears. The milk they produce is higher in both butter fat and protein. This breed is also known for being noisy and stubborn.

LaManchas are smaller in size and are known for their quite small ears. They’re also calmer and gentler than other goat breeds raised for their milk and milk-based products.

Oberhaslis are a color known as chamoise, and they normally have a thick black stripe along their backs. Compared to other breeds, they’re medium in size and have small erect ears.

Toggenburgs are lighter brown in color and have shorter legs, along with white ears and shaggier coats. They’re often bred for their milk, although they have smaller udders on average.

Dairy Products From Goats

Goat milk has become more popular than cow’s milk throughout many parts of the world, due to goat milk’s higher percentage of butter fat that’s easier for some people to digest.

In many health food stores, goat milk ice cream is a top seller, and goat cheese is also popular for salads and in various other recipes. Soaps made from goat milk are known for their richness and their higher concentrations of minerals, vitamins, and proteins.

Advantages of Goat Milk

Goat milk is one of the highest in vitamins and proteins, especially compared to cow’s milk. It also has one of the lowest counts of cholesterol compared to most other dairy products. The milk of goats is homogenized naturally, and it has a noticeably lower level of lactose, making it much less likely to trigger reactions in people with lactose intolerance. Due to its smaller curd based on casein, goat milk is easier for most people to digest than cow’s milk.

Goat Milk Boosters

When you’re raising dairy goats, you’ll want to find different ways to increase the milk production of the overall herd, and there are numbers of safe and healthy ways to do so. Having your goats dewormed is one of the first vital steps because it decreases the chances of them developing diseases and increases their levels of milk production.

Feeding your goats higher quality hay will also help, especially alfalfa based hay that has a higher concentration of calcium. This will also improve their overall milk production. Any type of goat forage also needs to be high in fiber in order to improve the quality of the milk the herd produces. Increased levels of rumen micro flora will lead to better milk production as well.

Related resources:

  1. Caring For Goats The Smart Way
  2. Everything You Need To Know About Goat Health Care
  3. Goat Care For Boers 

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