Goat Milk Colostrum





What is Colostrum?

Colostrum or first milk is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of human, goat, cow and other mammals  in late pregnancy. Most species will generate colostrum within one day of giving birth.


Benefits of Colostrum:


Newborn babies have very small digestive systems, and human colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. It has a mild laxative effect, encouraging the passing of the baby’s first stool, which is called meconium. This clears excess bilirubin, a waste product of dead red blood cells which is produced in large quantities at birth due to blood volume reduction, from the infant’s body and helps prevent jaundice.


Chemically, human colostrum is very rich in proteins, vitamin A, and sodium chloride, but contains lower amounts of carbohydrates, lipids, and potassium than normal milk. The most pertinent bioactive components in colostrum are growth factors and antimicrobial factors. The antibodies in colostrum provide passive immunity while growth factors stimulate the development of the gut. They are passed to the neonate and provide the first protection against pathogens. The passive immunity from the mother gets transferred to the newborn.


Goat Milk Colostrum is unique because it is closest to human milk. Before the development of antibiotics, colostrum was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight infections. Now interest is once again returning to natural alternatives to antibiotics, namely, colostrum. Study showed protective effects against influenza. Colostrum also has antioxidant components, such as lactotransferrin and hemopexin, which binds free heme in the body.


Goat milk colostrum also promote muscle growth, helps build bone, nerve tissue, connective tissue, skin collagen and epithelial growth factors to slow the aging process. Some athletes have used colostrum supplementation in an attempt to improve their performance, decrease recovery time, and prevent sickness during peak performance levels.



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DIY – Handmade Organic Goat Milk Soap


Organic goat milk soap offers a natural and less-abrasive form of cleansing bar. Organic goat milk soap aids in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Light essential oil scent can be added to the soap and oatmeal mix, if desired. This recipe yields approximately 12 bars of organic soap.



  • 15 oz. organic olive oil
  • 5 oz. organic palm oil
  • 5 oz. organic coconut oil
  • 3.5 oz. lye
  • 8 oz. goat milk
  • 1/2 cup organic oatmeal
  • 1 oz. lavender or lilac essential oil for fragrance (optional)
  • Soap molds

*Cautions, wear rubber gloves when handling lye.


Procedures :

  • Purchase molds. Chocolate or candy-making molds are permissible for use in soap making. Do not reuse molds for chocolate making once used in the soap making process.
  • Combine 1/2 cup organic oatmeal with 1 oz. fragrance oil, and set aside. Lavender scent is recommended.
  • Mix all remaining soap base materials together in a stainless steel bowl.
  • Heat inside a slow cooker on medium heat until melting occurs. Do not reuse the slow cooker for food preparation.
  • Mix fragrance mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Pour soap mix into molds once it is warm enough to handle safely.
  • Cool soap mix for 24 hours. Remover from molds and use. Clean molds with warm water, dry and store.





Compare Dairy Goat Lactation



The table below represent 230-305 day lactation on actual goat milk yield averages in kg and for butterfat averages in percent.  Two curves are provided for each, one for first fresheners and the other for those with multiple lactation.

The lactation trend curve for goat  milk yield in total kg, over time, represents actual records in the database for selected  animals that had a record of 230-305 days in goat milk.

Lactation length and milk yield and composition for selected breeds of goats.


Breed,Length,d  Total milk,kg  Milk yield%, Milk fat%, Milk protein%, Lactose% Total%Energy


Alpine    248    106  2.66   3.33   3.10   4.53   11.05    679
Anglo-Nubian 270–305     592  0.90   3.71   3.29   4.23   12.10    716
Boer      –       –  1.72   5.88   4.02   4.95   14.73    907
Canaria (Canary)   251     183  0.79   3.96   3.72   4.66   12.77    754
Damascus   270     378  1.88   4.46   3.82   3.60   12.94    795
La Mancha 270–305 720-800  2,63   4.95   3.34      –   13.67    807
Maltese   250     283  2.23   3.77   3.14   4.60       –    713
Murciana-Granadina   231     368  1.70   4.59   3.48   4.84   13.01    788
Nordic 250–300 600-700  1.92   4.28   2.87   4.29   11.25    736
Saanen   250     615  2.55   3.28   2.94   4.28   11.52    667
Toggenburg   245     424  1.82   3.37   2.96   4,26   13.14    675

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