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Despite this, there are many people with very strong views about the flavour or quality of goats milk as opposed to cows milk. In many cases, these arise from the issues described below.
For every type of dairy animal, there are large differences between individuals.
So, one cow or goat may produce milk which is very creamy or very sweet and another
produces milk that tastes watery. This variation is normal, but it is important when
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Occasionally individual goats may have bitter or goaty tasting milk, and this is dealt with in the following sections.
Mann ist was er isst. And a goat is what it eats too. So it is not surprising that what comes out of a goat sometimes smells of what goes in. That means that in any case where there is a strange taste in the milk, the feed needs to be checked. Some deworming medicines can also give an unpleasant taste to the milk, but this should not be a problem if milk is withdrawn from human consumption for the recommended period following treatment.
Sometimes one goat will give bitter or off-
The other common cause of bad-
Even when all the above factors have been accounted for, the milk from some goats has a significant ‘goaty’ smell. The traditional explanation for this is that the doe in question was kept too close to a male goat, and indeed there is a similarity in the smells. However, at there were many smelly male goats, but it was not necessarily the females that were closest to them that had the problem. And certain females often had smelly milk irrespective of where they were housed. A more plausible explanation is that goat milk sometimes contains significant amounts of an enzyme that can release the smelly compounds from the normal milk fats. (For a clear explanation see e.g. p676 of Goat Medicine by Mary C. Smith & David M. Sherman, 2009, ISBN: 0812114787, Barnes & Noble) Because it is likely that this characteristic can be inherited, goats with milk like this should not be used as breeding stock. However, there is no problem with using this milk for feeding kids, to free up better milk for household consumption or sale. (However it should be pasteurised or boiled to prevent risk of CAE transmission.)