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Does 100% Grassfed Raw Goat Cheese exist?

Commented on August 02, 2014
Created July 31, 2014 at 8:15 PM

I can't locate a single supplier of Grassfed Raw Goat Cheese - the few I've contacted have stated their goats are not happy eating just grass and mainly eat grains.

I know with cow milk there are several cheese options which are 90%+ grassfed, only a small supplementation of grains is needed.

Are goats different in the sense that they will eat primarily grains?

If this raw grassfed goats cheese does exist, do you have any sources for ordering online?

Thanks!

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on August 02, 2014
at 12:24 AM

help yourself to some wheat then.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 01, 2014
at 08:02 PM

Right, and when a drought came along entire villages would die....Damn that unnatural modern agriculture for keeping us alive!

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 01, 2014
at 07:54 PM

Well, don't forget Sally Fallon called raw milk "a magic food", so yes, that's about as close to a food cult as you can get.

Oh well, I guess risking possible encephalitis and death from Listeria is totally worth it for the "magical" enzymes, right? Lol

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on August 01, 2014
at 07:40 PM

I imagine in places like Minnesota, it's impossible to feed goats on grass all year round unless global warming takes care of that in the near future. ;o)

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

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on August 01, 2014
at 12:15 PM

What will it take to get you to wear that slogan on a white T-shirt with black lettering...maybe actually standing in a field of goats while you're eating a piece of cheese?

This needs to happen Matt...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 01, 2014
at 11:28 AM

Yeah, raw milkers are cultish, they don't like being told it's not miracle juice.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on August 01, 2014
at 04:31 AM

@Matt 11 maybe they're dinging you for the anti-raw sentiment?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 01, 2014
at 03:19 AM

Raising animals for meat is not the same as raising them for dairy.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on August 01, 2014
at 02:18 AM

around here (Michigan), goats get grains in the winter, but during the growing season it is grass only. I only eat the meat, but when I want a goat I get it in the fall. There is no real difference between a grass fed goat and one that was grass fed in the last six months.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 31, 2014
at 11:05 PM

You don't understand the meaning of the word 'literally'.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 31, 2014
at 11:03 PM

Way to vote down the only person here with actual dairy goat experience! :)

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on July 31, 2014
at 09:40 PM

You might have to get your own milking goat, because it seems like most commercial dairy goats will be fed grains. Check for raw goats milk on Eat Wild.com and you can always ask the farmers if they grass feed only.

It's kind of fun to make your own cheese, and then you know exactly what's in it. You can start with simple farmer's cheeses that don't require culture or rennet.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on August 01, 2014
at 02:18 AM

around here (Michigan), goats get grains in the winter, but during the growing season it is grass only. I only eat the meat, but when I want a goat I get it in the fall. There is no real difference between a grass fed goat and one that was grass fed in the last six months.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on August 01, 2014
at 01:21 PM

I don't know about goats, but for millennia people have fed cows exclusively grass, and got milk. My long gone grand aunt grew up eating only corn, vegetables, eggs and milk, plus meat twice a year, and broths whenever a chicken would stop laying. She said the cows produced not a lot of milk, because they also worked (pulling plows and carts). Yet there was all the milk they wanted and milk to sell too. The cows would be in the barn and they would scythe grass in ditches and take it to them. A couple of fields were for winter hay. I don't get this idea that animals need an unnatural diet to do something they have always done.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 01, 2014
at 08:02 PM

Right, and when a drought came along entire villages would die....Damn that unnatural modern agriculture for keeping us alive!

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on August 01, 2014
at 09:36 AM

I keep goats. Goats are browsers. The term grass-fed is not exactly appropriate for them as they thrive more on herbs and weeds of many different varieties than grass. As well, where I live we have dry summers when the landscape turns yellow. Some weeds and herbs, bushes, do stay green the year round as do the leaves on the trees, which they also eat.

So in winter, the rainy season, they are eating green grass plus other things, in summer, dried grass with other things. I make it a point to grow sudan grass in the garden in summer to make sure they have access to something green. They are also fed bamboo leaves and comfrey in summer for greens.

To entice them into the barn at evening time, I will give them a handful of oats (grain).

However, in my humble opinion, the question you really should be asking yourself at the time of purchase of goat milk, goat cheese or goat yoghurt is: Do they live a natural seasonal life out of doors?

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on August 01, 2014
at 01:25 AM

Matt, I'd love to down vote you twice if it was possible :)

And no, you are not the only one with dairy goat experience - I have had wonderful experiences..

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on July 31, 2014
at 10:04 PM

Janknitz, thanks for the information! Very helpful.

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75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

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on July 31, 2014
at 10:03 PM

Matt 11, raw milk cheeses digests incredibly well for me, and I can literally feel it nourishing every cell of my body.

Not sure what experiences you've had that let you to that conclusion, but it is time to re-evaluate with some high quality cow/goat raw milk cheese.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 31, 2014
at 11:05 PM

You don't understand the meaning of the word 'literally'.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on July 31, 2014
at 08:49 PM

Or you can have them grass fed, but then they produce a lot less milk.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 31, 2014
at 08:33 PM

Dairy animals have high energy needs that simply cannot be met with grass-only feeding. Goats with access to pasture is sufficient for beneficial effects on the milk quality. As with all animals, grain-feeding to some degree isn't detrimental, it's the exclusion of pasture that is typically problematic.

As for raw… well you're just asking for food-borne illness.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 31, 2014
at 11:03 PM

Way to vote down the only person here with actual dairy goat experience! :)

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on August 01, 2014
at 04:31 AM

@Matt 11 maybe they're dinging you for the anti-raw sentiment?

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