We have chosen Alpines and Alpine/Nubian mix for our milk nannies. Our experience with Alpine/Nubian's is that the Nubian traits give a sweet, creamy milk and the Alpine insures a very generous amount.
At this time we run a very small herd of high quality, CAE/CL free Alpines.
Goats are naturally curious, playful, and affectionate animals. They take some extra prepping when it comes to fences and shelter to own, but if you prepare before you purchase, they are a lovely addition to any homestead and will bond with you and supply a steady source of nutrition to your family.
Goats milk is wonderfully sweet and produced in generous amounts!
One common misconception about goats milk is that it always tastes "goaty". Like all milk, it will take on the flavor of it's environment. The "goaty" taste often comes from a buck running with the nannies or running close by. The buck is the carrier of the 'goaty' smell, and in a goats world it is a lovely cologne! But to us humans it is not so enjoyed!
It is imperative that the goat barn be kept clean. It is also imperative that the milk nannies have a clean and nutritious diet to help in the taste of the milk and the milk production.
Our nannies have good browse and we supplement with high quality, all natural, custom mixed grain and alfalfa hay. They stay in good condition at all stages of pregnancy and lactation and supply generous quantities of milk.
We feed all organic, custom mixed grain from Coyote Creek Feed Mill.
Our Costum Grain Recipe
2# Alfalfa Pellets
1# Steam Rolled Oats
1# Field Peas
1# BOSS (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds)
We mix this into a big tub and feed accordingly. It provides a 18% Protien.
1 tsp dolomite (Calcium) on each serving
1 tsp vit A-D-E, on each serving. We use Wheat Germ Oil which is a natural form of Vit E, it has extra A and D added in.
Also always available to our goats are free choice: Redmond Salt, Loose Minerals, and Baking Soda
Molly's Herbals and Diatomaceous Earth have proven to be great for a natural worming schedule. We only use medicated wormer if an extreme out break occurs or just after kidding. We have had very good results using this system.
~Goats Milk as an alternative to Cows Milk~
Goat's milk has the advantage of being easier to digest; this is in part because the protein curds that are formed in the stomach are softer than that of cow's milk. This, in turn, makes digestion faster and easier. Almost half the people who are lactose intolerant can drink goat's milk. In addition, goat's milk contains only trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, which is found in cow's milk. Scientific research has not discovered a lower incidence of milk allergy with goat milk; however, many mothers would disagree and this may be another case where mother's wisdom and attention overrides the evidence of a laboratory.
Another advantage is that the medium chain fatty acids in goat's milk are believed to help with several diseases such as cystic fibrosis, gallstones, heart disease, and digestive problems. Goat's milk is comprised of 35 percent of these medium chain fatty acids as compared to cow milk's 17 percent.
The mineral content of goat's milk and cow's milk is generally similar; however, goat's milk contains 13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A (and the vitamin A is pre-formed, unlike cow's milk which must be partially converted from carotenoids), 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin. It is also four times higher in copper and contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow's milk. An eight ounce serving of goat's milk contains nine grams of protein as compared to eight ounces of protein in cow's milk. Cow's milk contains five times as much vitamin B-12 as goat's milk and ten times as much folic acid. Since goat's milk is lower in folic acid, it is usually fortified with folic acid when used in formula or as a milk substitute for children.