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September 2016

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More Americans Turn to

Goat-Based Dairy

 


Once upon a time, milk came in one variety—that taken from cows. But Bessie better watch out: In terms of animal-origin dairy, goat milk is becoming an increasingly popular option in the US, along with products such as cheese and butter made from goat milk.

The main reason more Americans are turning to goat milk lies in its health advantages. In addition to supplying greater amounts of several vitamins (see box below), “goat milk is so wonderfully, easily digestible,” says Mark Scarbrough, author (with chef Bruce Weinstein) of Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).


Many people with intolerance to lactose, or milk sugar, find they can drink goat milk and its smaller fat globules make goat milk easier to digest. Goat milk contains only traces of alpha s-1 casein, the protein in cow milk that can trigger allergies. (If you are allergic to cow milk, speak with your practitioner before trying the goat version.) What’s more, goat milk has inflammation-fighting properties.

Goat farms tend to be smaller and more eco-friendly, as goats require less space than cows. “Even large goat dairies are nothing compared with a large cow dairy,” notes Scarbrough.

For many goat farmers, the best part is working with the animals themselves. “Goats are extremely fun animals to be around,” says Katie Pindell of Sage Farm Goat Dairy in Stowe, Vermont, which has about 20 milking does. “They’re small and easy to manage. A lot of women do goat dairy and one reason is they’re a lot easier to deal with than cows.”

Lynn Fleming of Lynnhaven Dairy Goats in Pine Bush, New York, agrees. “Goats are cute, certainly cuter than cows. My goats are loved,” says Fleming, who has been in the business since 1989 and has a herd of about 150. “It’s an interesting way to make a living.”

Like many small operations, Lynnhaven makes cheese for local outlets such as farmers markets. But the milk itself is also becoming more widely available, not only fresh (both whole and low-fat) but also in evaporated and powdered versions.


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Q U O T E

 

 

Exercise is King,

nutrition is Queen, put them

together and you’ve got

a kingdom.

—Jack LaLanne

 

Photo Everett Collection/Alamy

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W O R D

 

Cartilage

 

A tough, flexible type of tissue

found within joints, where it protects

bones, and in other parts of the body,

such as the nose and ears.

(The breakdown of joint cartilage

plays a major role in arthritis among

people and their pets; to learn more

about arthritis in animals, see

"Easing Your Pet's Aching Joints".

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