Find out about goat's milk, gelato, and how a dairy works.
We know what you are thinking, "Goat's milk, that's just weird." And yes, yes it is a bit. However, here are a few facts that will change your mind about goat's milk.
Goat's milk tastes almost, if not exactly, the same as cow's milk. When goat's milk is stored at the correct temperature and is fresh you will struggle to know it's not cow's milk. Before goat's milk started to become popular it was mostly used by people that had their own goats and used the milk for themselves and anyone that visited. Food safety standards were not actively followed and as such many visitors were given milk that would not pass today's standards. This is why goat's milk gained a reputation for having a strong flavour.
The food that goats eat and animal husbandry practices also contribute to the taste of the milk to a lesser extent.
All dairy production, including goat's milk, is overseen by Safe Foods Production Queensland. They are a Queensland government organisation that ensures the Food Safety Code written by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is adhered. Each state in Australia has its own organisation in relation to food safety in the dairy industry.
Did you know that goat's milk is A2? Not only is goat's milk A2, it also has up to double the amount of short chain amino acids as cow's milk and smaller fat globules than cow's milk. All this combines to make goat's milk easy for your body digest. While goat's milk is not lactose-free, it is what we like to call lactose-friendly.
Goat's milk is also higher in calcium, potasium, vitmain A, and vitamin B6 than cows milk. There are plenty of reasons to start adding goat's milk products to your diet.
From Italy, gelato is similar to ice cream. In Australia, the law requires ice cream to have a minimum of 10% butterfat. Gelato has no restrictions and usually has less butterfat content. There are several regional variations of gelato in Italy. These mostly involve the use of eggs or using cream and a starch instead of eggs.
All gelato has milk or at least a dairy product used as the main ingredient.
Our goat's milk gelato is made using no cow's milk or cream. The gelato is also gluten free, egg free, and nut free. We only use natural flavours and colours. It took a long time for us to perfect a recipe that does not include any cream or eggs but still has a velvety texture and tastes great. We are very proud of our goat's milk gelato and we are sure that you will enjoy eating it.
Currently we have over seventy adult goats and forty kids. Every day — just after sunrise — we start our day on the farm by milking our goats. All of our female goats go through the dairy every morning, no matter how old they are. This means that when our goats start producing milk they are used to going in to the dairy and going in to the bails for a feed of grain. During the day our goats are free to roam our paddocks and enjoy the green grass. Goats enjoy a variety of food so we also give them vegetables and fruits that are from local growers. The goats will eat tomatoes, capsicum, pumpkin, carrots, celery, mangoes, and watermelon. They really love watermelon, you just have to break it open for them.
If required we will also milk our goats in the afternoon as we can increase production of milk this way. The goats are very happy to get a second feed of grain as well.
We also have half a dozen dorper sheep on the farm as they like to eat some of the weeds that goats will not eat — in particular fire weed which is poisonous to cattle and horses.
We use the Italian dog breed 'Maremma' to protect our goats from foxes and wild dogs. We have not lost any goats to predators due to the maremmas.