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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2014, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding calves goat milk

Okay, well I'm looking into getting some bottle calves very soon, hopefully a heifer I can breed in the future and sell the offspring, just wondering what anyone here has to say about using goat milk instead of MR? I've read up on it a lot but just want some more opinions cause the case against using it isn't hardly there in my option.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-10-2014, 11:13 AM
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Hi there, are you thinking of getting a nanny goat to foster her? It's been done before. If you're bottle feeding, though, why not give cow's milk or calf formula? Cow's milk is what calves naturally drink, and calf formula replicates that (with pros and cons). It's higher in fat than goat's milk, for one thing. Plus, bottle feeding with goat's milk would be so expensive... unless you own the goats...
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I already own a few does that I breed,then Sell the kids, so I have a lot of extra milk, even after I make cheese, drink it,make ice cream, and butter,my family and I can't keep up with my doe, that's why I'm considering it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-20-2014, 07:59 AM
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You actually make butter out of goat's milk? That's supposed to be a little more complicated than making it from cow's milk. You got a tip for that? I've never eaten goat's butter before!

(And you don't have a market for yummy fresh excess goat cheese?)
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 12:50 AM
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We always feed our bottle calves fresh goat's milk, and it seems to work well.
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