Is goat milk formula a safe nutritional source for babies?
Yes, absolutely. There are several scientific studies* that prove that goat milk formulas are safe for babies, as long as the formula is enhanced to meet their nutritional requirements (like with Kabrita). The same principle applies to infant formula based on cow’s milk as well.
Goat milk naturally has a number of unique characteristics (easy to digest, rich in nutrients and mild taste) that make it an excellent source for infant nutrition. Like milk from other mammals, raw goat milk also has shortages of some nutrients that are important for your little ones development, such as folic acid. In Kabrita these shortages have been supplemented to optimal levels to ensure your little one gets exactly the nutrients that he or she needs (the same happens with cow milk nutritional products).
* These scientific studies have been extensively assessed by the European Food Safety Authority and led to an amendment of European guidelines approving goat milk as a protein source for infant nutrition.
What makes goat milk naturally easy to digest?
Goat milk is naturally easy to digest due to its typical protein and fat composition. Goat milk protein forms a softer curd in the stomach, due to the relatively low amount of αs1-casein protein. This softer curd allows the goat milk protein to pass through the stomach and intestines in a gentle way, which may reduce discomfort. In addition, goat milk contains a relatively high amount of short- and medium-chain fatty acids. These are easily attacked by the digestive enzymes and subsequently easily absorbed. Furthermore the fat globules in raw goat milk are smaller and therefore also easier to break down.
What other advantages can be attributed to goat milk?
Besides its easy digestibility, goat milk is well known for its high levels of nutrients, its low amount of αs1-casein and bèta-lactoglobulin (which can be involved in allergic reactions) and its pleasant taste. In addition, some people experience less phlegm when using goat milk.
What do the goats eat?
Our goats are fed a mixture of feeds, including:
• Grass (fresh)
• Silage grass
• Maize silage
• Pellets * (pelletised raw materials e.g. cereals such as wheat and barley, but also soy hulls, etc.)
These feeds are often available on the farm. In nature, however, the diet available to the goats is more limited. Goats eat grass, leaves and branches of bushes and trees, depending on what is available. Our farmers supplement the diet fed to the goats as much as possible. They provide feed that contains the necessary energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. This has a positive impact on the health of our goats and the milk they produce. A very important part of their diet is water. A typical milk goat drinks about 10 litres of water per day.
What do the baby goats drink?
As soon as baby goats are born, they drink milk from their mother. Whether they can drink themselves or whether the goat is milked for them depends on how fast they are able to drink. They are always given colostrum from their mother.