For the Love of Goats
Do you want dairy goats but don’t have a farm in the countryside? It is possible to have goats in many cities, but there are a few unique challenges. In today’s episode, I’m talking to Glenna Rose of Vancouver, Washington about the Nigerian dwarf dairy goats that live in her backyard and provide her with milk that she uses to make ice cream, cheese, and more.
We talk about fencing, housing, milking, birthing, and how to handle neighbors who want to feed your goats or who may worry about your screaming goat in heat.
Glenna has Nigerian dwarf goats, which are a great choice for dairy goats in the city because they are the smallest breed of dairy goat, weighing about half as much as standard sized breeds. Although they don’t give as much milk, their butterfat averages about 6.5%, which is about twice as much as the larger goats. That means your cheese yield with their milk will be almost twice as much.
Although Glenna originally got goats because her adult son thought he had become lactose intolerant, goat milk contains lactose. Many people don’t realize that there is a difference between a lactose intolerance and a milk allergy. Lactose intolerance means you can’t digest the sugar in the milk. An allergy means you are allergic to the protein. Although all milk has lactose, the protein of each species’ milk is different. That means that someone with a cow milk allergy may be able to consume goat milk. But if you have a true lactose intolerance, you can’t consume any animal milk.
You can visit Glenna and her goats on her blog.
Today’s episode is sponsored by Standlee Premium Western Forage, maker of my goats’ favorite alfalfa pellets.
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