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Is goat's milk more grass-fed then cow's milk?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I've tried to source grass-fed cow's milk where I live (Ottawa, Canada) and it is not available at all. But I can easily get organic goat's milk and I'm wondering if this would be sort of 'automatically' grass-fed. I'm looking for a breastmilk substitute for my 2.5 year old, for when she's babysat. I've looked into other milk substitutes like almond milk or coconut milk, but I'm freaked out by the ingredients in the commercially available ones and I really don't have time to make my own.

Anyway, so now I'm thinking maybe organic goat's milk is the best option...

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Thanks :) I couldn't do raw milk even if I wanted because it's illegal in my province :(

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Raised goats for nearly 20 years now.

5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Every small-scale dairy goat farmer uses their own mix of milkstand ration. Mine is oats, chops (that is crushed corn), beet pulp and sunflower seeds. Goats have gut flora that utilizes grasses and grains very well; that is how they evolved. Same as cattle, sheep, llamas, alpacas, camels etc.--all ruminants.

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:50 PM

I give my girls grains on the milkstand only, not only does it help train them to get on the stand (they think it is "special"), but it has more calories and that helps maintain their weight while they are raising their babies and I am milking them. I don't milk all year-round; I let them dry up when I breed them back in the fall.

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Of course there is a possibility. Goats can be mass-raised just like cows.

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:36 PM

homonyms ;)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Nope, not automatically grass-fed. Just as commercial cow dairy is likely factory farmed, commercial goat dairy is as well, maybe a smidgen better.

People will try and hype up raw milk. Be very careful, you have to really know your source, their animals' health, the santiation practices, etc... Too big a risk in my opinion for little potential benefit.

Goats are generally given a supplemental grain ration. Don't let this scare you off, the problem with grain rations are when they make up the majority of its diet.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Raised goats for nearly 20 years now.

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on May 25, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Thanks :) I couldn't do raw milk even if I wanted because it's illegal in my province :(

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5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I raise dairy goats and I will assume that the goats you will get your milk from are pastured and probably also given alfalfa pellets (basically compressed alfalfa grass). Alfalfa conains the calcium that the goats need to maintain milk production, unless of course they are being pastured on alfalfa fields. Goat's milk is also easier to digest for most people and babies. I recommend it.

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I'd go for the goat milk over cow, hands down. The casein protein in cow's milk is extremely irritating to the immune system. Nearly every person I've seen has an intolerance to it. Goat milk is MUCH better.

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on August 01, 2013
at 07:26 AM

Goats aren't the same as cows, what if they can tolerate more grain, I wonder. At the farm I volunteer at the goats eat grass/weeds but we sometimes give them oats as a rare treat, although they aren't for dairy...

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I would like to know about this as well. Is there any possibility that goats would be fed any grains?

5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:50 PM

I give my girls grains on the milkstand only, not only does it help train them to get on the stand (they think it is "special"), but it has more calories and that helps maintain their weight while they are raising their babies and I am milking them. I don't milk all year-round; I let them dry up when I breed them back in the fall.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Of course there is a possibility. Goats can be mass-raised just like cows.

5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

(925)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Every small-scale dairy goat farmer uses their own mix of milkstand ration. Mine is oats, chops (that is crushed corn), beet pulp and sunflower seeds. Goats have gut flora that utilizes grasses and grains very well; that is how they evolved. Same as cattle, sheep, llamas, alpacas, camels etc.--all ruminants.

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