UNPROCESSED ( RAW ) GOAT MILK
We're so excited about earning our farm's raw milk permits. Illinois Department of Public Health regulations went into effect on July 1, 2016 making the unpermitted sale of raw milk illegal in the whole state. After 20 years of selling raw cow and goat milk, that was quite a blow. As of January, 2018, we are one of six farms in Illinois who have gotten the proper permits.We're up and running again! (but we only have goats now, with no plans to get a cow)
Why drink raw goat milk? The average size of the milkfat globules is smaller than that of cow milk, making goat milk naturally homogenized and easier for some people to digest. The goat protein in the milk is different than the cow protein to which many people are allergic. (However, some people are allergic to both.) Unprocessed milk has enzymes that aid in digesting it which, along with the milk protein, are destroyed by pasteurization. For further investigation, be sure to look up www.rawmilk.com.
Have you considered that dairy allergies may have more to do with what the animals eat than the milk itself? Minoring in Dairy Science at the University of Illinois taught me to be wary of where our milk comes from. One student friend who milked in the UI barns swore she had seen milk come out of the cows every color of the rainbow. While I was an undergrad, experiments were being conducted about feeding shredded newspaper and sawdust to the milk cows since those substances contain fiber/cellulose, and urea as a source of nitrogen from which the cows' rumens should be able to synthesize protein. Other universities were experimenting with feeding poultry house cleanings (bird poop) to cows. We believe God created ruminants to eat forage, that is, green growing plants. Our dairy goats eat pasture during spring, summer, and fall, and hay in the winter. Since their wild brush diet would have higher protein than our grass pasture, we supplement them with a grain and mineral mix at about 2% of body weight per day.
Why drink our goat milk? We have been raising our family on it for over twenty years. Our nine children graduated from high school tall, lean, intelligent, and healthy (also handsome or beautiful!). If anything is amiss with the milk, my husband and I would get sick first since we consume our own product. And, under the permit rules, our milk is tested every six weeks for harmful substances by a certified lab.
The plan is to first offer CSA shares of a minimum of a quart a week (you can buy multiple shares) for the 36-week season, or half-shares for the first 18 weeks, and what isn't taken will be available daily by the quart. On the "Order Form" page you will find a downloadable order form. If you have more questions or want to actually see the goats and the farm before putting down any hard-earned money, go to the "Contact Us" page.
Milk production in goats is seasonal--more when the grass is growing quickly, less during drought and cold, none when the ground is frozen.
Sorry to say, the permit requirements add over $1 to the cost of each quart. When you pick up your milk, be sure to get the farm blog-on-paper too!
Pickup is at the farm only; there is no shipping or delivery per IDPH rules.
You can't get unprocessed goat milk any fresher!
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