Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links from which I will earn a commission. It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN! Dada-da-da! Dada-DA-da-da! Dada-da-da, da-da-da-da-da. (FYI,that took me a full 5 min to figure out.) Get ready ya’ll. Because today we’re gonna have a competition of epic proportions. That’s right, folks. After thousands of years of milk-drinkin,’ we here at Weed ’em & Reap are going to FINALLY make the decision everybody’s been waiting for.
First, read here to see why we drink raw milk. Now, let’s start with some of the pros and cons of each of the contenders’ milk. COW PROS: One of the benefits of cow’s milk is that the cream separates from the liquid. Hence, you get cream. Hence, you get butter. Hence, you get heaven on earth. So yeah, two big thumbs up for that Mrs. Cow. Cow’s milk also is a better milk to “feed the masses.
” While I don’t support commercial farms (CAFOs) AT ALL, even small organic, grass fed, raw dairy farms who have only 50 cows can put out a whopping 300 gallons a day. So, another thumbs up to those amazing cows that produce so much milk a day. Also, cow’s milk knocks goat’s milk out of the park in levels of B12 and folate.CONS: Because the fat globules are bigger (the main reason why the cream separates), cow’s milk is harder to digest.
It takes your body about two hours to digest cow’s milk, even if it’s raw. Not too bad, but a far cry from goat milk’s 30 minutes. The 3rd most common allergy for children is cow’s milk, and there are theories for this ranging from leaky gut side effects to a mutation in the beta casein protein in “newer breed” cows like the common Holstein. But no matter what it is, allergies are definitely something to worry about.
GOAT PROS: Goat’s milk is closest in structure to human milk. The fat globules are smaller, which aids in digestion. In a recent study of infants allergic to cow’s milk found that 93% of them were able to drink goat’s milk with absolutely no allergic reaction! The ease of digestibility is also due to the high amount of medium-chain fatty acids (has 35% compared to cow’s 17%). Goat’s milk also contains less lactose (milk sugars) than cow’s milk, which is great because it helps those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
Goat’s milk is slightly alkaline, unlike cow’s milk which is slightly acidic.CONS: Some people dislike the taste of goat’s milk, and we agree that certain breeds of goats can have musky tasting milk. We own Nigerian Dwarfs, which produce a mild taste that’s almost identical to cow’s milk. The only drawback is that they are small animals. Small animals = less milk. Because we get about 1-2 quarts a day from one goat, we need about 2-3 goats to feed our family of four.
Not too bad, but you’d definitely need a lot of Nigerian Dwarfs to “feed the masses.” Read my Guide to Raising and Milking Goats here. SHEEP PROS: While there’s some debate on the actual amounts of fat soluble vitamins in sheep’s milk, they still produce the CREAMIEST milk out of these three. Sheep are famous for the deliciously succulent cheeses their milk makes. They are efficient producers, only needing 100% grass (no alfalfa or grain—just cheap grass!) to produce rich milk.
Like goats, they also naturally homogenized milk. That means smaller fat globules and more medium-chain fatty acids. This aids in digestion, just like goat’s milk.CONS: Sheep are naturally prey animals, which means they have difficulty “relaxing” while being milked. Trying to milk a sheep is difficult, because if you scare them even slightly, their bodies will produce adrenaline. This counteracts the “letting down hormone” oxytocin and the subsequent production of milk.
Boo. Next, let’s go over the nutritional facts. Now let’s do some official taste-testing! Yes, all of it is fresh and raw. Deliciousness.The girl: COW – “Goodish” GOAT – “Good-ish and Bad-ish” SHEEP – “Awesome” The boy: COW – “Good” GOAT – “Sweet” SHEEP – “Awesome” The man: COW – “Good” GOAT – “Good” SHEEP – “Good” The woman: COW – “Tastes like a hoof” GOAT – “Sweet” SHEEP – “Perfect” So, which is best? I’ve thought long and hard over the subject of milk and I’ve come to an official decision for everybody.
Are you ready? I have no idea. Lolololzzz…. Honestly it just comes down to personal preference. You’re probably wondering that if sheep’s milk is so superior in nutrition, why it isn’t more popular? I’ll tell ya’ now: I’ve been milking my sheep, Paula for the last month and that animal is a pain in the rain. Sheep are not friendly. And by “not friendly,” I mean “has given me a bloody nose, knocked me flat on my back, and bruised my hands and shins.
” Personally, I prefer goat’s milk because goats are cheap, easy and fun. (Hey sounds like my best friend in high school!) Seriously though, I attribute the reversal of my son’s asthma to our lovely goat’s milk. The smaller fat globules makes it easier for him to digest. Personally, when I drink goat’s milk I feel like it goes down clear and smooth and light. With cow’s milk, I feel sort of phlegmy and it seems like I am always clearing my throat.
I LOVE BUTTER though, so I would still love to have a cow someday (literally) and the benefit of having copious amounts of milk to make tons of butter. Mmmm, butter. I do love sheep’s milk as well (although Paula’s a brat), and I’d love to get myself a dairy sheep that didn’t hate my guts so I could make some rich cheese. Right now we only have meat sheep, and while you technically can milk them, they aren’t efficient producers and they are basically Satan’s spawn.
I guess overall, there is a benefit to each kind of milk. You’ll just have to decide which works best for you. Above all, I gotta give a shout out for RAW MILK. It is awesome, and nourishing! If you are worried about drinking raw milk or need to search for raw milk in your area, go to Realmilk.com. After our showdown, which do you choose? Sources:http://www.dieteticai.ufba.br/temas/leitederivados/cabra%20e%20ovelha.
pdfhttp://www.milkfacts.info/Nutrition%20Facts/Nutrient%20Content.htm This post is a part of…Small Footprint FridaysSee Also: Cutting Of Cow For Meat
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Cattle is the most important among the domestic animals. Cattle farming is very profitable, easy to maintain and a traditional business. But for getting better profit from cattle farming business, you must have to select suitable and productive cattle breeds for for your farm. There are many cattle breeds available around the world. Some of those cattle breeds are highly milk productive and some are highly meat productive.
And some cattle are famous for both milk and meat production. The cattle breeds are classified below on the basis of their origin and production purpose. On the Basis of Production: According to the effectiveness and production of milk and meat, the cattle breeds are of four types. Milk Breed: This types of cattle breed become highly milk productive. Some famous milk productive cattle breeds are holstein friesian, sahiwal, jersey, red sindhi, brown swiss, ayrshire etc.
Beef Breed: This breeds are very famous for their meat production. Highly meat productive cattle breeds are angus, beefmaster, brahman, devon, shorthorn, hallikar etc. Both Milk and Beef Productive: This type of cattle breeds are popular for both milk and beef production. Haryana, tharparkar, red pool, kankrej, milking shorthorn etc. are famous for both milk and beef production. Draft Breed: The bull of this types of cattle breed are very suitable for hard working.
Some important draft cattle breeds are haryana, amritmahal, malvi, krishna valley, bhagnari etc. On the Basis of Origin: The cattle breeds on the basis of origination are of three types which are described below. Deshi Breed: This type of cattle breeds are local breeds. They are very calm and quite in nature and medium sized. Their body colors are different from each to another. They produce less milk and beef than other breeds, but suitable for small scale family farming.
Red Chittagong is a famous deshi cattle breed. Foreign Breed: This types of cattle breeds were originated from different parts of the world. Sahiwal, holstein friesian, jersey, red sindhi, haryana, ayrshire etc. are famous foreign cattle breed. Hybrid Breed: Hybrid cattle breed were made through the artificial insemination of different types of cattle. For example inseminating Holstein Friesian cow with sahiwal bull creates a high productive hybrid cattle.
A list of popular and famous breeds of cattle around the world are listed below. List of Cattle Breeds Name Origin Purpose Abondance France Milk, meat Adaptaur Australia Meat Afrikaner South Africa Meat Agerolese Italy Milk Alambadi India Draught Albera France, Spain Meat American Milking Devon United States Milk, meat, draught Anatolian Black Turkey Milk, meat, draught Andalusian Black Spain Meat Angus Scotland Meat Ankole-Watusi East Africa Milk, meat, draught, show Argentine Criollo Argentina Milk, meat Armorican France Milk, meat Arouquesa Portugal Milk, meat Asturian Valley Spain Milk, meat Aubrac France Milk, meat Australian Braford Australia Meat Ayrshire Scotland Milk Bargur India Milk, draught Barzona United States Meat Bazadaise France Meat Belgian Blue Belgium Milk, meat Belgian Red Belgium Milk, meat Belmont Red Australia Meat Belted Galloway Scotland Meat Blaarkop Netherlands Milk Black Hereford England Meat Blonde d’Aquitaine France Meat Boran Eastern Africa Meat Brahman India Milk, meat, draught Brangus United States Meat Braunvieh Switzerland Milk, meat Brava France Meat Brown Swiss India Milk, meat, draught Burlina Italy Milk Busa Dinaric Alps Milk, meat, draught Cachena Portugal/Spain Milk, meat, draught Camargue France Meat, draught, sport Canadian Speckle Park Canada Meat Canadienne Canada Milk, meat Canchim Brazil Meat Caracu Brazil Milk, meat, draught Casta France Milk, meat Charolais France Meat, draught Chianina Italy Meat, draught Chinese Black Pied China Milk Corriente Spain Milk, meat, draught, sport Corsican France Meat Dangi India Milk, draught Danish Red Denmark Milk, meat Deoni India Devon England Milk, meat Dexter Ireland Milk, meat Dhanni Pakistan Milk, meat, draught Droughtmaster Australia Meat Dutch Belted Netherlands Milk, meat English Longhorn England Milk, meat Evolene Switzerland Milk Finn Finland Milk, meat Fjall Sweden Milk, meat Fleckvieh Austria Milk, meat Florida Cracker United States Meat French Simmental France Milk, meat Galloway Scotland Meat, draught Gangatiri India Milk, draught Gaolao India Milk, draught Gascon France Meat, draught Gelbvieh Germany Milk, meat, draught German Angus Germany Meat Gir India Dairy Glan Germany Milk, meat, draught Gloucester England Milk, meat, draught Greek Shorthorn Greece Milk, meat Halikar India Draught Haryana India Milk, draught Hays Converter Canada Meat Heck Germany Science Hereford England Meat Herens Switzerland Meat, cow fighting Highland Scotland Meat Hinterwald Germany Milk, meat Holando-Argentino Argentina Milk, meat Holstein Friesian Netherlands Milk Hungarian Grey Hungary Meat, draught Icelandic Iceland Milk Illawarra Australia Milk, meat Irish Moiled Ireland Milk, meat Istoben Kirov region Milk, meat Jamaica Hope Jamaica Milk Jersey Channel Islands Milk Jutland Denmark Milk, meat Kankrej India Draught Kangayam India Draught Kazakh Whiteheaded Kazakhstan, Russia Milk, meat Kenkatha India Draught Kerry Ireland Milk, meat Kherigarh India Draught Khillari India Draught Kostroma Russia Milk, meat Krishna Valley India Milk, draught Kuri Africa Milk, meat, draught Lourdais France Milk, meat, draught Lowline Australia Meat Luing Scotland Meat Lohani Pakistan Meat, draught Lithuanian Red Lithuania Meat Lincoln Red United Kingdom Meat Limousin France Meat, draught Limia Spain Milk, meat, draught Lebedyn Ukraine Milk Latvian Brown Latvia Milk, meat Madura Indonesia Milk, meat, draught, racing Maine-Anjou France Milk, meat, draught Malnad Gidda India Milk, draught Malvi India Draught Marchigiana Italy Meat, draught Maremmana Italy Milk, meat, draught Maronesa Portugal Milk, meat, draught Mewati India Milk, draught Milking Shorthorn Great Britain Milk, meat Mirandesa Portugal Meat, draught Mongolian China Meat, draught Montbéliarde France Milk, meat Murboden Austria Milk, meat, draught Murnau-Werdenfels Germany Milk Murray Grey Australia Meat Nagori India Draught N’dama Guinea Milk, meat Nelore India Meat, draught Nguni Africa Milk, meat Nimari India Draught Normande France Milk, meat Norwegian Red Norway Milk, meat Ongole India Meat, draught Pajuna Spain Meat, draught Pantaneiro Brazil Meat, milk Parthenais France Meat, draught Pembroke Wales Milk, meat Pie Rouge des Plaines France Milk Piedmontese Italy Milk, meat Pinzgauer Austria Milk, meat Pirenaica Spain Meat, draught Podolica Italy Milk, meat, draught Polish Red Poland Milk, meat, draught Ponwar India Draught Punganur India Milk, meat, draught Pustertaler Sprinzen Italy Meat Ramo Grande Portugal Milk, meat, draught Randall United States Milk, meat, draught Rathi India Milk, draught, domestic Red Angus Scotland Milk, meat Red Kandhari India Draught, domestic Red Poll England Milk, meat Red Sindhi India/Pakistan Milk, meat Ringamala Sweden Milk Romagnola Italy Meat, draught Romosinuano Colombia Meat Rubia Gallega Spain Milk, meat Sahiwal India Milk Santa Gertrudis United States Meat Sayaguesa Spain Meat, draught Senepol Caribbean Island Meat Shetland Scotland Meat, draught Shorthorn England Meat Simmental Switzerland Milk, meat, draught Siri Bhutan Milk, draught South Devon England Milk, meat Southern Yellow China, Vietnam, Taiwan Milk Spanish Fighting Bull Spain Meat, sport Square Meater Australia Meat Sussex England Meat Swedish Red Sweden Milk Tarentaise France Milk, meat Telemark Norway Milk, meat Texas Longhorn United States Milk, meat Tharparkar India Milk, draught Tswana Botswana Milk, meat Tudanca Spain Milk, meat, draught Tux Austria Milk Tyrolese Grey Austria Milk, meat Ukrainian Grey Ukraine Domestic Umblachery India Draught Vaynol Scotland Meat Vechur India Milk Vorderwald Germany Milk, meat Welsh Black Wales Meat White Fulani Africa Meat White Park United Kingdom Milk, meat Whitebred Shorthorn United Kingdom Meat Yakutian Russia Milk, meat, draught Yanbian China Draught Yurino Ukraine Domestic