Goat milk is booming in America. That’s the findings from the 2020 US Census of Agriculture revealed by Rachel Martin in an April 2019 NPR article. The Washington Post reported Dairy goat herds were up 61% in a decade, more than any other livestock.
The number of dairy goats has grown from over 190,000 in 1997 to 440,000 in 2020 according to the US Department of Agriculture. Goat operations has more than doubled from 15,000 in 1997 to 35,000 in 2017.
Why Goat Milk is Booming
The question is “Why is there a big boom in dairy goats?” One factor is that consumer dairy choices are changing. America is buying more goat cheese, though it still lags behind world demand for goat milk. When cow milk prices destabilized amid rising costs, many dairy farmers transitioned to producing goat milk. Aside from getting consistent milk checks, goat dairy farmers find raising goats is easier, less costly, and a little more fun. Brian and Stephen Jones, owners of a Vermont family dairy farm note goats definitely have more personality than the cows that previously occupied the milking barn. There is a downside to the transition. Goats have a shorter milking window, averaging roughly 250 days a year for goats compared to 305 days for cows.
As cow milk loses the healthy reputation it once flaunted over the industry, competition like oat milk, almond milk and soy milks have swept in to consume market share. Now Americans are starting to realize the benefits of goats milk, and giving it more recognition as a nutritional food source. The rest of the world already realizes the value of goat milk, making it the number 1 dairy consumed worldwide.
Part of a Carefully Balanced Mix
More than 3 percent of children suffer from sensitivity to cow’s milk. Symptoms include gut reactions, digestion difficulty, and skin issues like eczema. But goat milk alone is not enough to ensure healthy development in babies. That is why the Sammy’s Milk formula is carefully developed, using ingredients designed to offer the right nutrition that babies need.
Ingredients That Impact Baby’s Growth
Sammy’s Milk ingredients include Goat milk, molasses, avocado oil, wild fish oil, and methylated vitamins. According to a study by RMIT, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, oligosaccharides in goat’s milk formula, a type of prebiotic, boost the growth of beneficial bacteria and protect against harmful bacteria in a baby’s gut.
Molasses has many critical minerals young developing bodies need. It contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, copper, chromium, phosphorous, cobalt and sodium etc. Molasses also contains nutrients such as Niacin, Vitamin B6, Thiamine, and Riboflavin. The nutrients in molasses help the body develop good vision, cognitive development and strong bones. The iron in molasses aids in hemoglobin production, so blood carries more oxygen to the body.
Another ingredient, avocado oil is a good fat for babies. It benefits their hearts, and boosts the body’s absorption of other nutrients like carotenoid antioxidants, which it boosts up to 17 times. The wild caught fish oil in Sammy’s Milk contains more essential nutrients. Fish oil is beneficial for kids’ brain health and can aid sleep quality and reduce symptoms of ADHD and asthma. Methylated vitamins are a special addition. B Vitamins are very important for metabolism, which promotes the healthy development of both the brain and the body. Methylating the B complex makes the vitamins much easier for babies to absorb.
Before Americans realized the benefits and great taste of goat milk, Sammy’s Milk saw the potential. We love that goat milk is booming in the US and hope more people are open to trying it. We believe in its health advantages. When combined with other great ingredients goat milk in Sammy’s Milk boosts the healthy, clean nutrition option babies need for healthy development.