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Got Milk? I mean, "goat" milk?


Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

June is National Dairy Month. Undoubtedly, the word dairy itself conjures up some image of a bovine, likely a large, black and white Holstein. However, estimates indicate that 70-80 percent of the world population consumes not creamy cow's milk, but that of a goat. According to the Dairy Goat Co-operative, "goats have long produced the 'milk of choice' for humankind." Considered the oldest domesticated farm animal, it's not difficult to see why.

Dairy goats are a highly-efficient, ruminant animal. For their body size, roughly one-sixth the size of a cow, goats are slightly more efficient than cows as it takes less feed for a dairy goat to produce a gallon of milk than it does for a cow. This makes them particularly lucrative, especially in worldwide areas that are lacking in beneficial forages. In addition, goats are browsers, not grazers, meaning they ingest a diet of not just forbs (weeds and grasses), but browse, which includes woody plants, vines, and brush.

Goats have a long, productive life, averaging 8 to 10 years of milking capability, roughly twice that of a cow. A good dairy goat can provide between 6 to 12 pounds of milk per day during a 305 day lactation. This equates to approximately three to six quarts per day. There are six dairy goat breeds recognized by the American Dairy Association: Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable, and Toggenburg. Every one of these breeds is capable of producing more than 2,000 pounds of milk per year.

There are countless health benefits associated with the fluid milk from dairy goats. While it has similar levels of calcium, sodium, and magnesium as cow's milk, goat's milk boasts significantly higher levels of other necessary vitamins and minerals. Potassium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, phosphorus, niacin, selenium, and vitamins B-2, B-6, A, and E are all found in higher concentrations in goat's milk. Notably, the level of calories and fat content of the same milk is less than that of cow's milk.

What's more, goat's milk has smaller fat particles, which do not cluster together, making it more easily and rapidly digestible. Many who are allergic to cow's milk find that they can enjoy goat's milk without incident. It is also naturally homogenized, avoiding health problems associated with mechanical homogenization. Goat's milk may also have advantages when it comes to allergies, as it contains trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, found in cow's milk .....
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"Welcome, Locals!" Lanesboro Farmer's Market opens June 2

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Wednesday afternoons in Lanesboro the local farmer's market honors and caters to local trade. "We set up a special preview market every Wednesday from June through September to make it easy for area residents to shop, visit and avoid the Saturday cr ..... 
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Quality is King for U.S. Farmland Buyers Keeping Prices Near Their Peaks

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Despite the uncertain mood still present in many economic sectors, the U.S. farmland market remains steady to strong thanks to continued investor interest in high quality land. In recent months, the demand for high quality farmland has increased, whi ..... 
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Sign up for a new Conservation Stewardship Program

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a sign-up for the 2010 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the sign-up/ranking period to end June 11, 2010 in Minnesota.

The Conservati ..... 
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June is dairy month; be sure to thank a dairy farmer!

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul (June 1, 2010) - June is a month to celebrate the dairy farming industry in Minnesota - dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health.



"The dairy indus ..... 
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2010 crop test plots

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The newest, and what I consider a very interesting test plot, is a Nitrogen Credit study when a field is in an Alfalfa-Corn rotation. This plot will look deeper at the question of nitrogen credits following alfalfa. It is looking at fall versus spri ..... 
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Beef Princess for 2010

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2010 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2010. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2010 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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