Month: August 2016

Why Goat’s Milk Is Better Than Cow’s Milk

Goat’s milk is a much healthier alternative, especially when it is raw and organic. Goats produce about 2% of the global milk supply and it is interesting that most of the populations of people who consume goat milks cite a lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints. Here are some of the major benefits why you need to drink goat’s milk.

 

1. Easier to digest

While the fat content of cow and goat’s milk is similar, the fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller, making it easier for your body to digest. Once it reaches your stomach, the protein in goat’s milk forms a softer curd than cow’s milk ­— only about 2 percent of goat’s milk is curd, compared to about 10 percent in cow’s milk — helping your body digest it with less irritation than cow’s milk.

Goat’s milk is also lower in lactose, or milk sugars than cow’s milk. A lot of people aren’t lactose intolerant and they simply have trouble digesting cow’s milk and aren’t actually allergic to lactose — goat’s milk can be a viable option.

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2. Fewer allergenic proteins and cause less inflammation

Most people who are intolerant of cow’s milk are actually sensitive to one of the proteins found in it, A1 casein, and lack the ability to digest A1. In addition, cow’s milk is the number one allergy among children and can persist throughout adulthood. That’s because it contains more than 20 different allergens (including A1 casein) that can cause allergic reactions — often confused for seasonal allergy symptoms — which can range from hives and runny noses to abdominal cramping and colic in babies.

So what’s the big deal with A1 casein? This protein is highly inflammatory for some people, and inflammation is at the root of most diseases. A1 casein can contribute to gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, leaky gut and colitis — and some less obvious problems, like acne, autoimmune diseases and skin issues like eczema.

While there are some cows who don’t produce A1 casein, namely Jersey and Guernsey cows, the majority of bovines in the U.S., Western Europe and Australia are Holstein and Fresian, which are A1 casein producers.

On the contrary, milk that contains mostly or exclusively A2 casein produces none of these inflammatory effects. Goat’s milk contains only A2 casein, making it, protein-wise, the closest milk to human breast milk. In fact, one study suggests that goat’s milk, when used as the first protein after breastfeeding, is less allergenic for babies than cow’s milk.

3. High in calcium and fatty acids but low in cholesterol

While cow’s milk is often touted as one of the main calcium-rich foods, there’s no need to worry about not getting enough of calcium when switching to goat’s milk. It’s actually richer in the mineral, with about 33 percent of the daily recommended value versus 28 percent in cow’s milk.

Goat’s milk also has high levels medium-chain fatty acids — 30–35 percent as opposed to 15–20 percent in cow’s milk. These fatty acids provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat, help lower cholesterol, and can even help treat conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal disorders.
But wait, there’s more! Goat’s milk helps increase “good” cholesterol levels while reducing the bad ones. In fact, it’s got healing properties similar to olive oil and is recommended for keeping high cholesterol in check.

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4. Good for skin

The fatty acids and triglycerides found in goat’s milk not only keep your insides running smoothly, but they help you look great on the outside, too. Their moisturizing qualities help keep skin baby soft. Goat’s milk also has high levels of vitamin A, which can improve your complexion, fight acne and improve overall skin health. In fact, it should be considered one of the home remedies for acne. The lactic acid found in goat’s milk helps get rid your body of dead skin cells and brighten skin tone; no more oily face!

Because goat’s milk has a pH level similar to humans, it’s absorbed by the skin with less irritation and helps keep bacteria at bay (goodbye, pimples!).

5. Absorbable nutrients and minerals better than cow’s milk

Moo-ve over, cows. While goat and cow milk might rank similarly for mineral content, goat’s milk might still be the winner.

That’s because early studies have found that nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous were more easily digested and used by the body in goat’s milk than cow’s milk. Because of the bioavailability of these minerals, goat’s milk also looks promising for treatment of nutritional deficiencies like anemia and bone demineralization. In addition, it can help address all-too-common iron deficiency and magnesium deficiency.

In fact, researchers suggest that goat’s milk should be consumed regularly by individuals with malabsorption issues, anemia, osteoporosis or prolonged treatments with iron supplements.

Regularly intake of goat’s milk enhances the body’s ability to use iron and boosts regeneration of hemoglobin, making it a safe and natural way to treat osteoporosis and combat anaemia. The high levels of zinc and selenium found in goat’s milk also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases. It is also a key essential mineral in keeping the immune system strong and functioning normally.

1 Glass of goat’s milk has the following nutrients:

Calories: 168
Saturated Fat: 6.5 grams / 33 percent DV*
Carbohydrates: 11 grams / 4 percent DV
Protein: 10.9 grams / 4 percent DV
Cholesterol: 27 milligrams / 9 percent DV
Sugars: 11 grams
Sodium: 12 milligrams / 5 percent DV

 

Minerals

Calcium: 327 milligrams / 33 percent DV
Phosphorous: 271 milligrams / 27 percent DV
Magnesium: 34.2 milligrams / 9 percent DV
Potassium: 498 milligrams / 14 percent DV
Copper: 0.1 milligrams / 6 percent DV
Zinc: 0.7 milligrams / 5 percent DV

 

Vitamins

Vitamin A: 483 IU / 10 percent DV
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.3 milligrams / 20 percent DV
Vitamin C: 3.2 milligrams / 5 percent DV
Vitamin D: 29.3 IU / 7 percent DV

*Recommended Daily Value

What Makes A Suitable Goat Housing

A suitable goat housing or shelter is very important for goat farming business. Because goats also need house like other domestic animals for staying at night, security, preventing them from adverse climate, such as rain, cold, sunlight etc. Some people used to keep their goats with other domestic animals such as cow, sheep etc. In other areas, people used to keep their goats under trees or in an area with fence and with shade. However, if you want to establish a profitable commercial goat farm, then you must have to build a suitable house or a facility for your goats. Before building house for goats, read the following tips very carefully.

1. Goat don’t want damp or wet environment. Try to select a dry and higher place for making the goat house. Make sure that the chosen goat housing area is high enough to keep the goats safe from floods.
2. Ensure that the floor of the house is always dry.
3. There should be adequate air and light inside the house.
4. The house should be built in such a way that is very suitable to control the temperature and moisture such as – areas can be covered or opened.
5. The house should not be damp. Damping may cause various diseases to goats as it is very suitable environment for bacterial growth.
6. Avoid the rain to enter inside the house.
7. Walls of the house must be covered using concrete (expensive) or by using bamboo poles (economical).
8. Goat house must be strong and comfortable.
9. A space is needed as well inside the house for taking rest.
10. There should be a facility that you can use to clean the house such as access to water and cleaning items.
11. Goats fear cold and water. Take extra care in rainy or cold season. Otherwise they may catch colds or pneumonia.

Types of Goat Houses

There are many ways on how to design your goat house. Specific goat housing design is suitable for goat production purposes.

Goat Housing Over Ground

Generally,this type of houses are made over the ground. This is the most common house for goats. You can make the floor of this type of goat house with brick and cement or simply with soil. You can surround the perimeter as well with fences. It will be better, if you can spread some dry straw over the floor in this housing system. But you must have to keep the house dry and clean always.

Goat House Over The Ground

Goat Housing Over Pole

This type of houses are made over pole. The floor of the house heights about 1 to 1.5 meters (3.5 to 5 ft) from the ground. This type of house keeps the goat free from damping condition, flood water parasites, etc. The poles and floor in this housing system are usually made with bamboo or wood. This types of house is very suitable for goat farming, because it is very easy to clean. And you can easily clean the closet and urine of goat form the house. Diseases are also less in this housing system.

Goat House Over Pole
Farm Cradle Goat House
Actual Goat House of Farm Cradle, San Raymundo Balungao, Pangasinan (Ongoing Construction)

Concrete House

This types of goat houses are fully made with concrete, and slightly expensive. But concrete houses have many advantages. It is very easy to clean the house, and easy to always keep your goats safe from all types of predators. You can construct the house over ground or over concrete poles. Both types are easily maintained. Diseases are less in this housing system. But it is very expensive method of goat housing.

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Required Space for Goats

In accordance with increasing the body size and weight of goats, they require more space. A house of 1.8 meter *1.8 meter* 2.5 meter (5.5 ft * 5.5 ft * 8.5 ft) is suitable enough for housing 10 small goats. Every adult goat needs about 0.75 meter * 4.5 meter * 4.8 meter housing space. Every goat needs 2.4 meter * 1.8 meter housing space. Try to consider if the goats that you want to take care of are big or small breeds. It is preferable, if you can keep the nursing and pregnant goats separately. You can extend or decrease the area of goat house according to the number of goat in your farm. But keep in mind that, every goat needs their required space for proper growing and better production.

Chart of Required Space for Goats According to Their Age and Nature

Goat Required                     Space (Square Meter)

Baby Goat                               0.3
Adult Goat                              1.5
Pregnant Goat                        1.9
Billy Goat                                2.8

While building house for your goats, always emphasis on the comfort of your goats. Ensure that, your goats are living happily inside their house, and the house is suitable enough to keep them free from adverse weather and all types of predators.

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