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Thoughts on Meyenberg goat milk

Answered on October 04, 2017
Created May 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM

What do you all think of this brand? It isnt organic. They are careful to point out that they dont administer rGBH but they dont say all hormones. It is antibiotic free at least. Should I buy it online powdered instead? Im trying it with my 3yo to see if it helps her eczema.

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Meyenberg, if I'm not mistaken, is UHT pasteurized for 18 month shelf life. Basically it is nuked with heat for a short period of time well beyond that of normal pasteurization (160 for 25 seconds for normal, 275 for UHT). The hormones they administer, if any at all, are probably to syncronize breeding, so basically a prostaglandin to initiate estrus. They do this to make artificial insemination more effective.

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on May 04, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Even if you buy raw milk you can pasteurize it yourself. Bring the milk slowly to 145 F and then hold it there for 30 mins stirring so it doesn't burn on the bottom. Then cool it down and you are done. I don't drink that much of my goats' milk, I mostly make it into cheese and sell it (they have to earn their keep!), but when I do drink it, it is raw.

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Yup! Second this emotion. Goat milk should be mild, thick & sweet, which the M is most certainly not. I buy Redwood Hills, esp the kefir.

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I don't know where you live, but if you can buy goat's milk from a local farm, that would be a lot better. I raise dairy goats and that Meyenberg stuff is right nasty compared to the nice mild milk that I get from my goats. I hope that you don't think all goat's milk tastes like that stuff, because it doesn't! If you live in a State where sales of farm milk is permissible, try looking on Craigslist, or the bulletin board at your local health food store.

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Yup! Second this emotion. Goat milk should be mild, thick & sweet, which the M is most certainly not. I buy Redwood Hills, esp the kefir.

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on June 08, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I was raised on goats milk (we raised our own goats, and bought from the local Amish community) and I know goat's milk when I taste it. This Meyenberg stuff doesn't taste like goat's milk. Goat's milk as a pretty distinct flavor from cow's milk, and this Meyenberg goat's milk isn't it. It's either a fraud, or they destroy the flavor through their processing, but something isn't right about it.

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:09 PM

You're talking the shelf-stable stuff? UHT pasteurized? Bleh. Powdered? Bleh.

Considering rBGH is a bovine hormone, it makes little sense that goats would be getting it. And to my knowledge, there's no hormone doping in the dairy goat industry.

By all means, try fresh goats milk if you can. Be wary of raw milk, despite best efforts, it can be still contaminated and has no safety net (i.e. pasteurization).

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on May 04, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Even if you buy raw milk you can pasteurize it yourself. Bring the milk slowly to 145 F and then hold it there for 30 mins stirring so it doesn't burn on the bottom. Then cool it down and you are done. I don't drink that much of my goats' milk, I mostly make it into cheese and sell it (they have to earn their keep!), but when I do drink it, it is raw.

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on October 04, 2017
at 10:56 AM

I have personally become ill multiple times from Meyenberg's refrigerated milk. The cardboard containers are frequently (as in every week or every other week) 'puffed out' in the grocery store, before the the expeiration date. I kept trying it as there was no other source I knew of. I have now given up on it. Getting a pathogen or contaminant or whatever they are placing in their milk that is getting me ill (it is not every carton that does this, and I never, ever drink from a 'puffy'-looking carton) could damage my health worse than the horrid experience of being poisoned few months from the stuff (it's happened 6 times in 1.5 years). This was what I read about Meyenberg's in another forum. It seems to explain why I see the puffiness and why Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other places I've bought it from continue to get puffy and toxic product from them. Internet search these words to see the source of the quote:

"I can't drink the stuff. That brand was the first goats milk I had ever tried and I nearly puked. It turned me off goats for years. After tasting some raw goat milk I decided goats weren't so bad. And now I love them and their milk.

Having been in and around commercial dairy goat farms I can tell you some of the many reasons the milk taste so different from the milk you will get from a backyard farm.

#1. Over pasteurization. They cook the heck out of it.
#2. Mastitis. Many of the farms do not treat mastitis until it gets bad or sometimes not at all unless the goat is bleeding into the milk. 
#3. Heavy use of Swiss breeds. Many Toggenburg and some Alpines have strong milk.
#4. Deficiencies. Many animals just can't get what they need out of a one size fits all mineral.
#5. Dirty conditions. You simply can't keep a pen clean enough when you have hundreds of goats in it.
#6. They are unhappy. A stressed goat isn't going to give you its best.


I have seen one time where one of the does teats rotted off and the whole half of the udder was on its way out but they still milked the other side since it wasn't bleeding or spitting chunks into the milk. You could smell it from feet away. That's not going to make the batch of milk taste good I can tell you that much. As long as the cell counts in the bulk tank are low enough and there is no contaminants in the pasteurized milk they are A-Ok to sell."

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on October 29, 2014
at 03:42 PM

The Meyenberg milk is pastuerized, which obviously kills a lot of the great bacteria in there and makes it not as healthy. Taste wise, I can guarantee you that it tastes IDENTICAL to milk that comes from nubian goats, that's because I have a goat farm of 30 goats right next to my house and I buy raw fresh milk from them sometimes... it's identical to that raw unpasteurized milk taste wise. Obviously if you CAN get raw unpasteurized goat milk somewhere please do. Pretty much most cities have a source of it. 

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on December 15, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Looking for powered raw goat milk to be used in commercial yogurt pruduction

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