The Benefits of Dairy Goats

Owning and raising dairy goats can allow you to produce an ample amount of resources for your homestead.


| December 2014



Dairy Goats

Use these tips to get the most use out of your dairy goats on your homestead.


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Looking to add some goats to your homestead? Goat School (Down East, 2011), by Janice Spaulding, is part manual, part cookbook, and is perfect for homesteaders looking to own goats for fun or for more self-sustainability. This excerpt, which provides helpful tips for raising dairy goats and producing quality milk from them, is from the section “Making a Living with Goats.”

Buy this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Goat School.

The Benefits of Owning and Raising Dairy Goats

Dairy goats are very unique! Some are smart, some are crafty, some are opportunists, and some are lovey. Goat milk can be used in several ways to turn your product into a small-scale business! Goat-milk soap is wonderful, goat milk is highly sought after, and goat cheese is an extraordinarily good seller. Check with your state department of agriculture to find what rules and regulations apply in your state. Some states are “right to farm” states, which means you can sell products on your farm without licensing, other require a rigorous licensing application, inspection, and testing.

Your Milk Is What Your Goats Eat: Feed, hay, and water will also affect the taste. If the goats are allowed to eat browse, this may also change the palatability. Flavor needs to be consistent if you are planning on selling it. When we purchase goat milk, it is frozen for the first three days for soap making, and then tasted again. Browse such as wild garlic, skunk cabbage, and plant life like that can really turn milk nasty in flavor!

Testing Out Teats: If the goat is lactating when you buy her, make sure her teats are not only working, BUT also are comfortable for you to milk! Short teats are great for a milking machine, but can be extremely hard on someone with large hands! And, of course, the opposite, large teats and small hands will cause some uncomfortable problems also.

Milking Machines: We mean a literal one. Do you really want or need one? They are expensive, and can be a lot of work to clean. Some goats don’t appreciate the noise they make. And, of course, hand milking makes for a close relationship with your goat.

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