Nigerian dwarf goat milk: What is It?
The Nigerian dwarf goat is not well known in the region. However, they have a lot of health benefits.
The Nigerian Dwarf goat originates from West Africa. They have colourful markings and are small in size. Nigerian Dwarf goats are not really popular for their milk. But they are good milk producers nonetheless. If they are healthy they can produce up to 2 quarts of milk each day. Nigerian dwarf goat's milk is healthier than cow milk. However, most Nigerian dwarf goat owners raise them for pleasure and as pets because of their gentle and playful nature.
In recent times, Nigerian dwarf goat's milk is rising in popularity for its health benefits. According to Cheryl Smith, editor of Ruminations, a Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat Magazine, she bought her Nigerian dwarf goats four years ago. They surprisingly give birth easily, she said. But the best thing is the fact that Nigerian milk has extremely high butterfat and protein content. The higher protein means you get more cheese out of the milk, Cheryl concluded.
How to milk the Nigerian dwarf goat
If you're buying a Nigerian dwarf goat for its milk, then you need to look out for a healthy mother that recently gave birth. That's the only way you can get milk from her. It may seem apparent but not everyone knows that. Usually, you can start milking after about eight weeks when she has weaned her babies. To maximize production milking can be done twice a day for about 20 minutes per session. Here's the procedure involved in milking.
- Wear latex gloves before milking. But if you can bear the smell of goat on your hands, you're good to go.
- Put the goat in a milk station. Hold her head in place in a milking stand. (A milking stand is just two pieces of wood with notches that go around the goat's neck)
- Use a sanitizer diluted with water to sanitize the goat's udder and teats. You can also shave the udders to keep hating from dropping in the milk.
- Milk each side of the goat with a clean jar or container. To milk, trap the milk in the teat first by pinching the teat up near the udder. Then press down as though you're pressing something from a tube. As you milk watch out so she doesn't put her dirty foot in the container.
- Get the container in the house and remove any hair or particles in the milk.
- Refrigerate for drinking or other uses.
Nutritional benefits of Nigerian dwarf goat's milk
As mentioned before, Nigerian dwarf goats are rising in popularity. This may be tied to their nutritional benefits.
- Nigerian dwarf goat milk is easier to digest because it's naturally homogenized with fat particles smaller and evenly suspended throughout the milk. It normally takes 20 minutes to digest with the help of assimilating agent's like vitamins, proteins, minerals, trace elements, electrolytes, and enzymes.
- Nigerian dwarf goat milk is a good option for people who suffer from lactose intolerance. The milk passes through the digestive system quickly because it contains less lactose. So people who suffer from lactose intolerance have no problem with Nigerian dwarf goat's milk.
- Nigerian dwarf goat's milk is an alkaline-forming food that helps maintain the PH level of your body. Also, if you have too much acid in your digestive system, the milk can act as an antacid for heartburn.
- People suffering from allergic reactions like irritability, bloating, asthma, and diarrhoea can drink Nigerian dwarf goat's milk without fear of triggering their allergies.
- Many people don't like taking goat milk because it tastes funny. But Nigerian goat milk has the highest butterfat among other dairy breeds. The butterfat composition means it is preferred over other dairy breeds. Nigerian Dwarf milk has approximately 6 – 10% butterfat and since butterfat is where milk draws its sweet flavour from, Nigerian dwarf goat's milk is the sweetest of all the dairy goat breeds.
Health benefits of Nigerian dwarf goat's milk
- Because of the digestive properties of Nigerian dwarf goat's milk, it is often recommended for infant nutrition and treatment of intestinal disorders, cystic fibrosis, premature infant feeding, malabsorption syndrome, and Crohn’s disease.
- Children who take the milk are likely to be superior in skeletal mineralization, blood serum vitamin A, calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and haemoglobin levels.
It is not hard to see why Nigerian dwarf goats are rising in fame. Nigerian dwarf goat's milk have other uses. It is great for making butter, ice-cream and soap.