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Goat Milk
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Goat Milk is a direct product of goats and useful for such products as everyday consumption, cheeses, as well as soaps and lotions. Over many years, a number of people (as well as doctors) have used goat milk as a healthy alternative. Especially for babies who are lactose intolerant. And just the same, many small animals (such as baby rabbits) can be fed goat milk as an alternative.

However, just as there are certain benefits to goat milk for human consumption, there are also certain detriments that must be understood as well. While this section will deal with a variety of issues regarding the use and consumption of goat milk, I would like to point out one very often asked question: pasteurization. For those interested in the process of pasteurizing milk (as well as the how's and why's), please follow this link - pasteurizing milk.

The comparison between goat milk and cow milk will soon be discussed in this section. The basics behind the comparison are expressed in a term called SCC (Somatic Cell Count) - the measurement that dairies must adhere to and maintain an SCC below or be penalized per gallon. Goat milk is characterized by a higher SCC than cow milk. And while the laws in many states vary regarding the sale of from a farm for raw milk, the SCC comparison should not deter potential goat milk drinkers. Both types of milk come from ruminants and the pasteurization and homogenization of the product makes it the type of milk many of us have grown to love!

A baby formula shortage in 2022 exposed a lot of myths, misnomers, and fairy tales regarding the use of goat milk as a replacement for baby formula. Claims of allergic reactions and a variety of other medical issues made their way to many social media platforms. It appears that there are just as many people who have successfully fed babies using goat milk as there are people who advise against it. So what is the truth? Whose advice can you trust? I will clearly state that what may be good for some, may not be good for others. Do your own research and arrive at your own decision before blindly forming an opinion and leading a campaign either for, or against the use of goat milk as a suitable baby formula replacement. One thing is certain and that is that I need to update this section to include information and articles relevant to the issue.

See also For a Purpose for other related topics pertaining to goat milk.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.


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