Dairy Goat: The Source Of High Quality Milk

Published: 17th April 2009
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Goat milk is delicious and healthier. Goat milk is more beneficial, unlike cow's milk as it helps in metabolic as well as digestive utilization of the minerals. Goat milk can prevent bone demineralization as well as anaemia. There will not be clustering of fat globules in goat milk, as there is no agglutinin in it.

Goat milk contains linoleic acids, arachnodonic acids, and l fatty acids that are essential. Goat milk contains different proteins, which are easily digestible. Goat milk has a higher content of calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 potassium, niacin, copper, antioxidant selenium, folic acid than cow's milk. Moreover, there will not be any allergic reaction if one consumes goat milk.

Now that people are coming to realise the benefits of goat milk, more and more people are turning towards it and away from cows milk. Hence, the demand for the goat milk has increased rapidly over the years. This is the main reason for the rise in potential of goat diary farms. These farms raise a special breed of goats called diary goats, which are for milk production. Saanens, Alpines, Toggenburgs, Nubians, Oberhaslis, LaManchas etc are some of the breeds of dairy goats.

In many countries, dairy goats are leading producers of milk, as they can adapt well to limited space and do not need specialised feed in big quantities like cattle. Another good thing about diary goats is that they live comfortably in mountainous areas thriving on grass as well as browsing.

Saanen is the largest diary goat breed with Swiss origin. When fed with high quality feeds, they tend to produce huge volumes of milk. They can produce amazingly 10 litres a day over a long lactation period, with three litres as a minimum. Moreover, the world record in the milk production category is held in the name of Saanen; 3028 kilograms of milk in stunning 305 days.

Alpines has its origin in the alpine ranges of Switzerland and France. Does can produce an average three litres of milk a day during a lactation period of ten months. They adapt well to various climatic conditions easily. Toggenburg is the purest as well as the oldest Swiss diary breed. Does have a long lactation period with average output of more than 3 litres of milk a day. During peak period of lactation, they will produce up to six litres of milk.

Nubian is a cross breed between English and Swiss breeds of does' with bucks from Ethiopia, India, Egypt etc. Nubians are not just for milk, but also for meat. Does' can produce 2.5litres of milk a day over the ten-month lactation period. Their meat has higher demand due a meatier carcass. Oberhasli is a medium sized diary goat with Swiss origin. LaManchas also have Spanish origin. It is a medium sized animal which produces comparatively lesser amount of milk to the above breeds.

Not just goat milk is making waves in the market but the products based on it, like goat milk soap, goat milk cheese etc which are in good demand.

Goat milk soap contains more protein, minerals, lactic acid, moisture, nutrition etc that it helps in softening of skin, removal of dead cells etc. Moreover it is somewhat more natural and one can make it at home.

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