What’s goat got to do with it?

Wondering if goat milk is good for you?

Get the scoop here with Jessica Bell of Split Creek Farm in Anderson, SC....


  • Goat milk has about 1% less lactose than cow's milk. So if you are truly lactose intolerant, it won't be a good fit. But it might be for a lot of other reasons...
  • Casein allergies can mimic lactose-intolerance and produce similar symptoms. Goat milk has less A1 casein than cow milk.  So you might be better able to digest goat milk than cow's milk for this reason.
  • Goat milk has more medium-chain fatty acids, which are quick sources of energy.
  • The fat globules in goat milk are smaller than in cow's milk, which eliminates the processing step of homogenization. The smaller fat globules are also believed to contribute to easier digestibility.
  • Goat's milk is high in oligosaccharides, which are prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
  • For the nitty gritty nutritional profile details see: Goat v Cow Dairy


  • 10-12 goats can live on about the same acreage as 1 cow/calf pair.
  • Goats are browsers instead of grazers; this means they prefer to eat from shrubs, trees, and bushes instead of the ground. The landscape of a goat farm needs to be more diverse in plantlife than a cow dairy farm.
  • Even though one goat produces less milk than one cow, the overall balance of milk production is higher per acre from goat farms.
  • Just like in cow dairies, there is a wide variety of types of farms, which impacts not only the health of the goats but the health of the milk. As always, find out where your food comes from and buy local with minimal processing! 

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