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Why Raw Goat Milk – Should You Be Drinking Goat Milk?

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Raw Goat Milk - should you really be drinking it? #goatmilk #raw milkRaw goat milk is all the rage in the more natural “hippie” groups that share our planet, and you may be wondering why. “Well, let me tell you”, says Hart Nana, smiling…

Why Drink Raw Goat Milk

Raw goat milk called the “universal milk” because it is easily digestible, garners fans around the world. Having fat smaller than that of, say, cow’s milk it naturally mixes more evenly throughout the milk.  Because the fat globules are smaller they are easier to digest and they stay suspended in the milk so there is no need for homogenization.  I think that raw goat milk should be labeled “best next to mother’s own”, but that is just my opinion. Being natural you don’t have to worry about all of the chemicals that constitute the majority of baby formulas on the market. Have you ever considered that a baby goat is much closer in size to a human than a baby cow? That alone, should convince you drinking cow’s milk is probably not in  your best interest.

Benefits of Goat Milk

Raw goat milk provides the nutritional benefits of calcium, amino acids, protein, phosphorus, riboflavin, potassium, vitamin A,  along with other vitamins and minerals.

Long favored by cattle owners and even equestrian farms when the mom’s are unable to feed their babies, raw goat milk provides the best substitute. People, too,  make baby formula out of raw goat milk. Because there are a couple difference between raw goat milk and mother’s milk, a few extras need to be added. This goat milk formula put together by the doctors Sears includes pasteurized goat milk because there are many who want to use goat milk for their baby formula but do not have goats.

Use Goat Milk Topically

There are many benefits to using goat’s milk topically. As it is easy to incorporate into soap this this recipe, you can take advantage of these benefits daily.

  1. Maintains thе ѕkіnѕ’ рH level.
  2. Prevents ѕkіn рrоblеmѕ.
  3. Mоіѕturіzеr fоr ѕеnѕіtіvе ѕkіn.

Goat Milk Baby Formula Recipes

Goat’s Milk Recipes

Note: Always consult your healthcare provider before feeding any recipes to infants as a formula. Raw (unpasteurized) goat milk may be unsafe for infants, so be sure to use a pasteurized brand.

(12 oz container) Powdered Goat Milk
6 Scoops (84 g)
36 oz.
Rice Syrup
6 ½ Tbsp.
Calories (per oz.)
As baby matures during their first year, gradually increase ratio of powder to water until whole milk level is reached (see below). Discontinue adding rice syrup (carbohydrates).
To reconstitute to Whole Milk
Powdered Goat Milk
8 scoops (112 g)
32 oz.
Calories (per oz.)
Evaporated Goat Milk
12 oz.
24 oz.
Rice Syrup
5 Tbsp.
Calories (per oz.)
As baby matures during their first year, gradually increase ratio of evaporated goat milk to water until whole milk level is reached (see below). Discontinue adding rice syrup (carbohydrates).
To reconstitute to Whole Milk
Evaporated Goat Milk
12 oz
12 oz.
Calories (per oz.)

Alternative carbohydrates include corn syrup and simple table sugar.
Table Sugar = 48 calories per Tbsp.
Corn Syrup = 60 calories per Tbsp.
Rice Syrup = 42 calories per Tbsp.
NOTE: Any time goat milk is the sole source of nutrition, we recommend the feeding of a vitamin supplement. Always consult your healthcare provider before using goat milk formula.

Get Your Milk Tested

If you are going to consume raw milk it is highly recommended that you have your milk tested by the USDA. Though in many states it is illegal to sell raw goat milk for human consumption, in Idaho they offer a small herd exemption. All of our goats are tested and the milk that we sell is tested once a month too.

Lactose Intolerant?

A small note of warning, goat’s milk does have lactose in it so if you are lactose intolerant you might want to start out slowly with it.

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Warning – Photos of Goats

One of the biggest benefits of making goat milk soap is that you get to keep a dairy goat farm. On that dairy goat farm you get to keep goats that have babies in the spring.  Enjoy the photos of goats.




This is Gandalph the White. He helps make spider silk. From goats right? Read all about the spider goats here in Cache Valley in this article.





Photos of Goats – The First Year

Marsha and her babies, Jezabelle and Buckly

This was my first batch of baby goats. That is Marsha with her babies Jose & Buckley. That would be Faith over there eating and her mom Fadra. So many goats and years have passed since this photo was taken. And so much learned about the care goats.

Keeping Goats has its perks like making soap, lotion, cheese and bread

All five of these little ones had their horns removed by the vet. Talk about a gruesome endeavor! After that bout I decided horns are perfectly fine tools for moving goats around. They don’t particularly like to be grabbed by the horns. If you don’t dehorn them, however, you do need to be careful around the adult males especially during rutting season.

What I learned Over The Years

Over the years I decided to let the baby males from the spring do their deed and then sell them in the late fall. That way I wasn’t dealing with males and their aggressive behavior.

Photos of Goats Hanging Around

That handsome guy there with the red collar is Jose all grown up! This is just a part of the herd. Goats do multiply fast LOL. They are also extremely smart critters. As you will notice by my fencing, it was always an ongoing battle to keep them penned in. My goats could jump the five foot fence no problem!  I always had to make sure I had lots of food in the pen with them or they would jump out and help themselves to the stack over on the side.

I did try to grow some fruit trees near their pen, but apparently goats LOVE tender fruit trees. As in they eat the whole thing!

This post is mostly to share my cute goat pictures. Because I have goats I can make lots of different products from their milk. You don’t have to keep goats to make these products though.

Goats Milk Soap

Whey Good Bread

Goats Milk Lotion





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Raising Goats For Beginners What You Need To Know

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In this raising goats for beginners primer we will cover all the things  you need to know about keeping goats when you are first starting out. When I got my first goats, Marsha and Fadra I knew next to nothing about goats. Quite frankly they kind of scared me. I thought they would bite me! It wasn’t until some time later I came to realize, they don’t have top teeth and while they can bite, it isn’t probable that they will.

Raising Goats For Beginners – Picking Your Goats

When it comes to raising goats for beginners the first step is choosing what type of goat you want. Are you looking for goats to milk or meat goats to sell? For me I wanted goat milk so I talked to people in the area and found a Saneen & a Nubian. Marsha was a Saneen and Fadra was a Nubian. The next step was to get them pregnant so I needed a buck.

The only buck I could find was a Boer (that I named Joe) Joe only lived for about 6 months at our house because I didn’t know that much about raising goats for beginners and he was eating too much grain.

Must have item for raising goats for beginners – Pepto Bismol! Fill up a syringe (like the kind you would use for giving babies/toddlers medicine) with a tablespoon, for a full grown goat, and it will help put a stop to the scours. Diarrhea in goats is called scours. It is what killed poor ole Joe.

  • Boer goats are bigger and more preferable as meat goats. Goat meat tastes kind of like lamb but is a bit more greasy.
  • Saneen’s are known to give more milk
  • Nubian’s give richer milk

Over the years I had several different varieties of goats, like Alpine and Oberhasli (Oberhasli is actually an off shoot of Alpine but they have wattles) Wattles are those little dangley tufts that hang down on their necks. Because I’m not real anal about things in life, most of my goats were not strictly one breed or another.

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Raising Goats For Beginners – Feeding Your Goats

Goats need fresh hay. They love weeds, leaves & shrubbery. Grass not so much. While I realize that the joke about using goats as lawn mowers has been around forever, if  you need a living lawn mower, get a cow. We used to tie our cow up around the yard.

Anytime you are trimming trees, or pruning you should throw your trimmings into the goat enclosure. If you are milking your females you need to make sure that you aren’t feeding them weeds. It will make the milk taste bad.

Females that are being milked and at the end of their pregnancy need some grain. I liked to give mine 3 in one with molasses. Barley, wheat and corn with a drizzle of molasses on top.

Pumpkins are a natural dewormer.

Raising Goats For Beginners – Birthing Your Goats

The gestation period for goats is 5 months. Many people I know try to get their goats pregnant towards the end of October. Personally, probably because I let the bucks and does run together, mine were usually pregnant by the end of August and I was having babies in January/February.

Does only go into heat a couple times a year. They usually have two babies, though I’ve had my goats give birth to as many as four at a time. Goats can get pregnant their first year, but it is probably better for them to wait until they are two years old before letting them breed.

Bucks can do the deed at about five or six months old.

When the doe is getting ready to give birth there are some tell tale signs.


This last video is a really good look at the trials and tribulations of delivering goats. Things to remember if you need to “go in and help”

  • Use KY Jelly for lubrication;
  • Wash your hands and then put on the gloves and wash the gloves & the goat business area with Betadine solution.
  • You can tell if the feet belong to the baby that is on the way out by feeling along from the nose or rump to try to get them out first. Sometimes they do come out butt first and sometimes they try to present with their head turned back against their side. You can try to push them back in a bit and point the head forward. Be gentle, move slow. It sometimes helps to close your eyes and try to visualize what you are feeling.


Raising Goats For Beginners – Hoof trimming

When it comes to trimming hooves a picture is worth a thousand words.

raising goats for beginners

Those are trimmers for bushes probably. I like to use heavy duty nippers. Nippers are easy to get under the little bits that fold over. They are also extremely sharp. Either way if you do this while you have them hooked up to the milk stand it is easier to practice. Don’t worry if you only get one hoof a day.

Raising Goats For Beginners – Managing Your Herd

raising goats for beginnersIt doesn’t take long to have a really big herd once your mama’s start having babies. You need to decide how many goats you want to care for. Selling babies, especially the boys is a good idea. I like to keep a couple males from the spring for breeding back to the girls in the fall. They are about ready to be useful, yet they aren’t big enough to be a problem.

I’ve kept bucks around for a couple years and my experience is that they get to be rather a handful and aggressive especially when the girls are in heat.

This is Buckly. He learned to jump a five foot fence. Though I loved him dearly when he was little, he had to go after about three years because he was too aggressive and I couldn’t keep him contained.

A word about containment. Goats are smart. Containing them is difficult. Your goats will escape and they will eat  your fruit trees if they can find them. the goat shedThink about where you intend to keep them well before you get them.  Goats also hate to be rained on. They need shelter. I used to keep them in some big silos I had when they were getting ready to kid, but for the most part they had the “goat shed”. You will notice there is a lot of “stuff” around the goat shed…that is so that was my attempt to keep my goats from escaping.

Some Final Thoughts on Raising Goats For Beginners

Horns – People get all wrapped around the axle about horns and cutting them off. In my experience it is easiest to just let them be. I’ve done the burning them off route both at home and with a vet. The vet is expensive. I kind of like the horns because they make good handles.

Raising Goats For Beginners – Milking Your Goats


His comments about racing to finish milking are right on from my experience. The hobbles they talk about are for restraining the back legs so the random foot doesn’t end up in the milk. Also when you are done milking make sure to get your milk in the fridge or freezer right away. You would be amazed at how fast the bacteria will start growing.

Milking goats is a pretty simple and straight forward process. Do it a few times and you’re a pro. Here is a good video showing the technique

If you decide to use mason jars leave a good couple inches at the top if you are going to put them in the freezer.

Goats are amazing animals. Some of my favorite creatures. If you have questions about them feel free to hit me up on Facebook or message me here in the comments.

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Spider Goats In Cache Valley

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I almost could not believe there was such a thing as spider goats. The gals over at the University of Idaho extension office told me about them. Also they mentioned that they lived here in Cache Valley. And we could go and see them. This totally blew me away.


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What are spider goats? They are genetically modified goats. Scientists spliced into the normal goat DNA a gene for producing orb spider silk.  So now when these goats are milked the silk protein can be isolated and spun into silk.

 Science Nation Explains Spider Goats

According to the students who manage the spider goats, and do the milking, the average amount of silk gleaned from one liter of milk is three milliliters of silk. Apparently spider silk is some of the strongest natural fibers around. Which makes sense, do you remember the last time you got “stuck” in a web? The program includes some spider goats that are cloned and some that are bred naturally.

The results are that about half of the naturally bred goats end  up with the spider silk gene. While, of course, 100% of the cloned goats produce silk. There are a variety of goats used as surrogates to carry the cloned goats, though Saneens are the goat breed chosen for the spider goat project here in the valley, The project, when it was started in Canada used Spanish Goats. Apparently they are really good mothers.

Spider Goats, what are they and why do they exist?

I’m not sure how I feel about all of this splicing and cloning going on. From a scientific point of view I find it fascinating. You’ve got to ask yourself, who sits around thinking, “hmm why don’t we just make silk out of goat’s milk”, right?

Other Weird Ways Of Growing Silk

Even more strange perhaps is that the Biological Engineers (yes, they are really called that) have found a strain of e coli that they use to produce silk! They grow the bacteria then rupture it. They capture the tumor that is the silk!

I was talking with this young woman from 4H heading off to Utah State this year. Her plans include becoming a Biological Engineer.  She has been over to the silk labs quite often this summer. And gave me all sorts of really interesting information on the uses of this silk.

For starters the reason they want spider silk instead of silk worm silk is that it is about 500 times stronger.  Silk worms give off their silk by way of cocooning. It takes a whole lot of silk worms, mulberry leaves and people with cast iron stomachs to produce silk that way. Once when I was younger, and lived in Japan, we went on a field trip to a silk factory. The smell haunts me to this day.


Paper plant?

Rotten cabbage?

Truly it is gross.

There are many uses for this silk being stronger than Kevlar it has military applications. Also because of the fine structure it makes great tools in the medical field. One of the ideas is to splice in good, natural antibiotic DNA into the silk production and use the silk for sutures.

spider goat baby

As a person who like the more natural things in life, the idea that we take food and make it something else and then take chemicals and call it food, kind of bothers me.

What do you think about all of this?




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Marsha The Good Goat Is Coming Home Tomorrow!

marsha the good goat

You may be saying, “who is Marsha, and why should I care”, at this point. Well, let me tell you. Marsha (the good goat) has been on lone this summer to some good friends in Paradise (a beautiful place as the name implies) who wanted to have fresh goat’s milk and make soap themselves.  They built a beautiful little shack for her but soon discovered that she was too lonely to leave in their yard alone, with only the cows next door for company. She was moved to a field near my friends home where she has been visiting with goat friends. A much happier goat, Marsha has been enjoying the summer frolicking and producing lots of good goat’s milk.

Tomorrow we, my kids and I, are going to go and pick her up to bring her back home to her own little circle of friends. This summer we farmed out many of our goats to friends as I wanted a break from milking but still wanted my girls.  When I go out back, mostly there are babies in the pen. We have six goats right now, here, two males I traded for, one male that was born at the same time as my grand daughter, two little females from the spring birthing and Betty Sue, one of the three goats I purchased last year to expand the lines in my herd. (I gave her mom and sister to a dear friend who needed fresh goats as the herd she had had gotten sick and died off).

The rest of Marsha’s buddies will be making their way home through out the fall. Her best-est buddy, Fadra, died this summer. Very sad day. She and Marsha were the two goats we started with. They will always be special to me.  Marsha’s picture is the one on the banner. She is a Saneen.

Well enough rambling for today…go make goats milk soap in celebration! Or better yet, buy some already made over at Hart Nana’s Store. (if you decide to purchase soap through the store, please email me at davenjilli (at) and let me know, I have been having some hick ups with the store interface)






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My Goat Has Died!

my goat has diedSadly it is true, my goat has died. She is one of the three first goats I got several years ago and is the mother of half of my herd.

She was fairly old when I got her so I believe she died of old age. Fadra was probably eleven or twelve years old. Such a sweet goat, she will be missed.  Her two daughters, Faith and Grace, continue on. They are both wonderful goats with interesting personalities.

Farewell Fadra…perhaps you are in heaven even now.

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Good Milk Bad Milk A Look At the Raw Milk Industry

Is Raw Milk Good Milk or Bad Milk?

Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, who is against the availability and sale of raw milk and Doug Stephan who is for the sale of and availability of raw milk debate the benefits and hazards of selling raw milk across the board in the United States. Currently raw milk is only available for sale, legally, in 10 states – on farm sales in 15 states.

The debate over raw milk is heating up. A study released by CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in February 2012 examined the number of dairy outbreaks in the United States during a 13-year period. Between 1993 and 2006, 60% (73/121) of dairy-related outbreaks reported to CDC were linked to raw milk products. But according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the CDC has manipulated this data to make raw milk look dangerous, simultaneously dismissing similar dangers associated with pasteurized milk.[read the rest of the article here]

There is a bill (1830) before congress now that addresses the legality of selling raw milk in all states.  As most of  you all know I am definitely in the raw milk is good camp so long as the conditions that the cows (or goats) are maintained in are clean. Living in a dairy community, I do see many dairy farmers that allow their cows to live in some pretty deplorable conditions.

Perhaps allowing raw producers to compete directly with destined for  pasteurization dairies might encourage the later to clean up their act. This in turn would benefit the cows and the population.

What is your opinion? Let us know in the comment section below…should dairies be allowed to sell raw milk in the US?