How are your goats treated?
We believe in the humane treatment of all animals. The dairies we work with provide the goats with free-range pastures adjacent to their homes during the spring and summer. The goats also have large shelters to keep them out of any seasonal elements such as extreme heat, cold, or rain.
The goats mostly graze on grass, clover, alfalfa hay, and legume hay. Dairy goats are strictly vegetarian, and our dairies do not use any soy feed. The goats are also given salt tablets for their digestion, and have plenty of fresh water at all times.
Pesticides, fertilizers, and chemicals are not used in the dairies. These substances would be detrimental to the health and life of the goats. The dairies also refrain from giving the goats any antibiotics, bovine growth treatments, or steroids. If a goat needs medical treatment, it is provided, and they are then taken out of the milking rotation and given the time they need to heal.
While goats are on maternity leave we do not milk them and give their kid’s first access to mom’s milk. Once the kids are big enough to graze on their own, usually 4 to 6 weeks, those does will return to the milk stream.
Our dairies are regularly inspected by both, state and county agencies as well as Meyenberg Management to ensure the goats are always in the best of health and being treated properly.
Luckily most of our farms have been with us for years and know exactly what to do and how to feed and treat the goats. This way, the goats are happy and we all get to enjoy Grade A goat milk! close
I’m allergic to cow milk. Can I drink goat milk?
Goat milk contains only trace amounts of the major protein in cow milk to which many people are allergic to, the Alpha s1 Casein. If you're sensitive to this particular protein, goat milk may be a better option. If you're clinically diagnosed with a cow milk allergy, be sure to consult health care practitioner before trying goat milk. close
I have a sensitive stomach. Is goat milk good for digestive problems?
Goat milk is often an excellent alternative for those with a sensitive stomach. This wholesome dairy milk has the advance of being easier to digest due to its different protein structure, softer curd, and unique fats compounds. close
Does goat milk contain lactose?
All milks from mammals include lactose, a.k.a. milk sugar. However, many people with symptoms of lactose intolerance can drink our goat milk. Some suggest that this is due to goat milk's superior digestibility, lighter curd structure, and less lactose, in comparison to cow's milk. If you've been clinically diagnosed with a cow milk allergy, be sure to check in with your health care provider before trying goat milk. close
How is goat milk different from cow milk in nutritive content?
Goat milk's nutritional makeup is uniquely different from cow's milk, plus, it's easier to digest! It's high in calcium and low in sodium, and it also has a different protein, curd, and fatty acid structure. close
Is goat milk homogenized?
Goat milk is naturally homogenized by the goat’s digestive system. So, we don't need to anything more to it! close
What is ultra-pasteurization?
Ultra-pasteurization is the process of heating goat milk to 282˚ for three seconds. The milk is then flash cooled and packaged in steam sterilized cartons. This process destroys post-pasteurization bacteria that could harm the milk, and allows for a longer shelf life. Neither pasteurization, nor ultra-pasteurization appreciably effects nutritional content of milk. The FDA laws prohibit the sale of any raw milk product for nationwide distribution. close
Can goat milk be frozen?
Our fresh carton milks and goat butter can be frozen in the packaging for up to six months. Reconstituted evaporated or powdered goat milk can also be frozen, but please allow enough head room for expansion when freezing. Then, thaw the milk in the refrigerator when you're ready to use. close
Is goat milk for children?
Our goat milk products are great for any child ready for a whole milk. It's often recommended for those who are sensitive to cow and/or soy milk. For more info on goat milk for children, check out Dr. William Sears website, a Board Certified Pediatrician and author of 26 books on childcare: https://www.askdrsears.com/ close
Can I get more information on using your products for baby formula?
We do not make baby formula at this time, but we know goat milk products can be very helpful to some newborns. We recommend Dr. William Sears' website for more information. We fortify our Powdered and Evaporated Goat Milk Products with Folic Acid, similar to Dr. Sears' recommendation. If you decide to use goat milk products for your child, be sure to check with your pediatrician first. You may need to do additional supplements, including iron, omega 3's, and DHA. Learn more, here: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-infants-toddlers/goat-milk close
Do your products contain folic acid?
Our whole and low fat fresh carton milks are not supplemented with folic acid. But, our evaporated and powdered milk products are. Our folic acid comes from a natural dark green vegetable compound that is derived from spinach, turnip greens, and a citric acid. close
Where do you get your Vitamin D?
Our Vitamin D3 comes from an organic source, made from the lanolin in sheep's wool. close
Is evaporated goat milk supposed to be caramel colored?
Our Evaporated Goat Milk can be slightly tan or pink colored depending on the time of the year. This is especially true of evaporated milk canned during the spring when proteins are higher in goat milk. There is occasionally a creamy substance at the bottom of the can. This is a simple separation of protein solids. We recommend giving the can a shake before opening. close
Can I buy your products in bulk?
We suggest speaking with your local store's Dairy Manager. Sometimes you can get a discount by buying our products in bulk. close