Goat’s milk has a lot of potential health benefits, and is often chosen as an alternative to cow’s milk since it’s easier to digest and less allergenic.
In many parts of the world such as South Asia and East Africa, goat’s milk is more popular than cow’s milk. In the UK, cow’s milk is still dominant, but other milks are starting to become more popular.
It’s now quite easy to buy goat’s milk in the UK; many large supermarkets stock brands such as St. Helen’s Farm. However, it’s harder to find organic varieties. To help you get your hands on some organic goat’s milk, we’ve listed a few places you can buy it below.
Where to Buy Organic Goat’s Milk in the UK
The Real Food Company
The Real Food Company is a family-run whole food shop in Alsager, Cheshire. The company also run an online shop that sells unpasteurised organic goat’s milk (see here).
This milk is made by Hollypark Organics, who run a farm in East Sussex. It has been certified organic by the Biodynamic Association.
This milk is sold frozen and can be stored in the freezer for about 4 months before going off. In the fridge it will last about 4-5 days.
Red23 is another company that sells Hollypark Organics raw goat’s milk (see here). This is the same milk as is sold by the Real Food Company, but may have a different price, availability and delivery options.
Red23 is an online natural health store that was founded in 2004 by Graham Weinberg, a nutritional therapist and personal trainer.
Direct from Farms
You can sometimes buy goats milk from farms by contacting them directly. You can see a list of organic and raw dairy producers with contact information here.
Benefits of Goat’s Milk
While some people will say that humans shouldn’t consume any animal milk at all, there are several potential health benefits of goat’s milk, especially when compared to cow’s milk:
- Nutritional – Goat’s milk contains lots of calcium and vitamin B2 as well as a good amount of vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin C and zinc.
- Easier to digest than cow’s milk – This is because goat’s milk contains less lactose than cow’s milk, and also the fat molecules in goat’s milk are smaller (source).
- Less allergenic than cow’s milk – Cow’s milk usually contains the protein A1 casein, which can cause inflammation and allergic reactions. Goat’s milk doesn’t contain A1 casein (source), making it less inflammatory and a better for babies and toddlers, since it’s more similar to human milk.
The main disadvantages of goat’s milk are that it’s more expensive than cow’s milk and also harder to get hold of. It’s also important to note that while it usually contains less lactose than cow’s milk, it’s still not recommended for those with lactose intolerance.
Organic vs. Non-Organic Goat’s Milk
To be classed as organic, goat’s milk needs to be produced to certain standards according to EU regulations (source). These include the following:
- The goats must be fed on 100% organic foodstuffs
- GMOs may not be used in feeds
Organic farming is better for the environment, and organic goat’s milk contains higher levels of omega 3 than non-organic varieties (source).
Goats are fascinating animals that are quite different to cows and sheep. Unlike cows and sheep, goats are browsing animals rather than grazers, which means that they prefer to feed woody shrubs and weeds rather than grass. This makes them more similar to deer in their eating habits.
Unlike sheep, goats don’t produce lanolin (a wax that acts as a waterproofing layer in sheep’s wool). This means that they need more shelter, and are usually kept inside when the weather is bad.
Goats aren’t native to the UK and were introduced in Neolithic times, around the same time as cows and sheep.
Laurence is the founder and editor of Naturaler. He’s been working in the online world for over 5 years and is trying to live a more natural and eco-friendly lifestyle every day.