Five Things You Should Know About Goat’s Milk

(Photo Credit)

I’m far from being a goat expert, but with the popularity of the Goat 101 series, I do get a lot of goat-related questions.

When my blogging buddy Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents asked me to write up a goaty post for her blogging maternity break, I was thrilled to do so!

If you are new to the world of goat milk, or are considering adding them to your homestead in the future, you might appreciate my fact-filled post addressing 5 of the most common goat’s milk questions.

Here’s an excerpt:

When you first mention drinking goat’s milk to many people, you’ll usually be met with funny looks and exclamations of “Gross!”

But, did you know that worldwide, goat’s milk is more popular than cow’s milk? And if you are interested in healthy eating of any sort, then you’ve probably come across articles and blogs touting the benefits of goat milk.

So, is it worth a try? Or does that initial gross-factor outweigh the benefits?

Click over to Stacy Makes Cents to read the rest of the post! 

(And speaking of blogging maternity breaks, I will be taking one myself towards the end of October when Baby #2 arrives. If you are interested in writing a guest post for The Prairie Homestead during that time, shoot me an email and I’ll send along more info and specifics.)

Can't Get Enough Homesteading Goodness?

Join over 67,000 others who get the weekly Homestead Toolbox delivered fresh to their inbox. It's packed full of recipes, ideas, and homesteading tips you can actually use (no fluff), plus a copy of my very popular mulch gardening how-to guide.

Let's go!


  1. says

    Great post on goat’s milk! I have so much to learn about owning goats! For instance, if a goat grazes during the grass growing seasons, how much would you say it costs/month/goat for feed (e.g., alfalfa, hay, grain, or whatever goats eat)? How much during the “green” seasons, and how much during the winter/dormant season?

    • Jill says

      Good question Holly- I’ve never actually done a price breakdown. I know that we’ve always fed hay year around, since we can put our goats on pasture since we don’t have goat-proof fence. I do know that compared to our horses and cattle, it seems like they don’t eat very much, though. 😉

  2. Almut says

    I have a buck with my Boer goats (meat goats) and I started milking one mom that didn’t accept her kid, so I frugally could bottle feed… now thath is weaned I am still milking her once a day and I have enough for cheese, and I do make yoghurt… I haven’t found anything wrong with the taste… it has a nice cream top and it is delicious… I am also experimenting with different ingredients for my cheese and I love the taste of it!
    My family still thinks I am nuts for using raw milk, but I certainly am enjoying it!

  3. Laura says

    When milking a goat twice a day do you combine your morning milk with your evening milk for storage? I’m not getting a full bottle and I’m not sure if I can combine my fresh milk with the milk from the morning….. Any thoughts?!!?? Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Laura–

      No, you do not want to combine cold milk with warm milk, as it can cause a quicker rate of spoilage. I usually just chill the milk from each milking in a separate container, and if I do need to combine them, I do it after they are both completely cooled.