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: How Much Milk Does A Cow Produce In One Day
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Are you in the market for some cows? They are a great animal to begin raising because they can be so versatile. Some people like to raise their own beef. While others like to raise a cow for dairy. Whichever category you fall into, I thought you might want to know what breeds were actually out there so you could decide which breed would work best for your particular situation. So if this has been something you’ve been considering lately, then allow us to do your research for you and you just browse through this article until you find the perfect fit for your situation.
Useful Cow Breeds for Your Homestead Here are the different breeds of cattle: 1. Angus via That's Farming So many people in my area raise Angus cattle. The reason is that they produce quality beef, and a lot of people would rather raise their own beef than purchase it from the store. So if you are wanting to raise cattle for meat, then you should definitely look into this breed. 2. Holstein Friesian via Istock Let’s change gears for a moment.
If you are looking to raise a cow because you’d like to produce your own milk for cheese, butter, and other things, then you’ll want to consider this breed. Actually, when most people think of a cow, this is probably the type of cow you think of because it is used in so many adverts because this breed is known to be the highest-production breed for dairy. 3. Hereford via Gemstone Cattle Company This breed of cow is another really popular breed.
It is one used in many different parts of the world and in many different climates. But this breed is mainly used for meat production and it is in 50 different countries across the world. So it should adapt and do quite well no matter what climate you live in. 4. Shorthorn The Cattle Site The shorthorn was developed to be a dual purpose breed. That way people could raise one breed and get both dairy and beef products.
However, it is said, that usually certain blood lines would come out stronger in one area than the other. Now, you can purchase either a beef shorthorn or a dairy shorthorn depending upon which purpose you’d like to have cattle for. 5. Charolais via That's Farming The Charolais is a breed of cattle that was developed in France. They are raised mainly for beef and are often crossed with another beef breed, like Angus.
But they are known for growing really well and producing quality meat and hides. So if you like to make leather from your cattle, this would be a good breed to consider. 6. Galloway via Galloway Cattle Society I love this breed of cow because of its fluffy coat. Looks aside, this is a great beef breed for someone interested in that purpose. But this breed is also one of the oldest breeds as well.
It is named after the area in Scotland it originated, but it became a popular breed around the world when they began exporting them in the mid 1800’s. 7. Simmental Photo via Dora Lee Genetics This would be a great multipurpose breed. The Simmental breed is one of the oldest breeds. It is a Swiss breed but has been raised in the United States since around 1800. Though it is raised in other parts of the world as a dairy cow, the United States usually produces them for beef.
But they are known for being great dairy producers, large in size, and for growing quickly as well. 8. Brahman via Moreno Ranches This is the super cow when it comes to breeds. The Brahman breed is one of the oldest in the world. It has been able to adapt to the point that it can avoid falling ill due to most parasites, diseases, or other pests that cattle often come in contact with. Also, they have a large hump and horns which helps keep them cool.
They are known for being able to sweat and deter pests that way. But they can even survive in harsh climates and when there isn’t adequate food. These cows are troopers! 9. Limousin via That's Farming So if you want an ancient cow, this breed could be what you are looking for. When historians have studied ancient paintings from France, they found cattle in the pictures that look eerily similar to this breed.
Though they originated in France, they can now be found all over the world. They are great animals to use for work, but they are mainly bred for beef. 10. Scottish Highland via Wikipedia This breed is pretty amazing. It began its time in the Highlands of Scotland (hence where they got their name.) During this time, they were able to build up resistance to many diseases that usually plague other breeds of cows.
Now that this breed is all over the world, they do well in colder climates because they have long hair vs. a layer of fat to keep warm. But they do well in southern climates as well. This breed isn’t even picky about what it eats. You can put it out on pasture, and it is said to eat things most other breeds would turn their nose up at. 11. Brown Swiss via David Clarke Livestock If you are looking for a dairy cow, then this could be what you’ve been searching for.
It is second in line with the Holstein as far as milk production goes. So if you like the idea of being able to produce dairy right on your own land, then you should consider this breed. 12. Texas Longhorn via TSHA If you are looking for lean beef, then you’ll like the Texas Longhorn breed. You will immediately recognize this breed because of the extremely long horns. But what is so interesting about this breed is that they weren’t actually set out to become a breed.
The longhorns are a product of years of adaptation to their surroundings. 13. Brangus via Oklahoma State Unversity This is an excellent choice of breed for a beef cow. It is actually a cross between the angus breed and a brahman. So if you like both of those breeds, but can’t decide on which type you’d like, then maybe you could meet in the middle with this breed. 14. Jersey via Wide Open Pets You hear people talk about Jersey cows a lot.
My great grandfather actually raised them on his 11 acre farm. They are a smaller breed for a dairy cow, which makes them ideal for small farms. But they are also known for having a higher fat content in their milk. So if you like more fat in your milk, then you should consider this breed for that reason as well. 15. Ayrshire via Ayrshires Cattle Services Limited This is a dairy cow that is larger in size.
When I say larger, they usually weigh anywhere from 900 pounds to over 1300 pounds. That is a lot of animal. So you’ll definitely want to take their size into account because usually the larger the breed, the more maintenance they require because of the amount of food they need. 16. Chianina via Agraria.org We haven’t covered any Italian breed of cows on this list, until now. This breed originated in Italy, but is now used as a beef breed all over the world.
But what makes this cow stand out so much is its size. This breed is one of the largest breeds of cows you can raise this day in age. 17. Beef Master via The Cattle Site This breed produces some seriously buff cows. It is actually a crossbreed that has been around since about 1930. Now, it is used mainly as beef cattle because it is a cross between Hereford breed or a Shorthorn cow breed with a Brahman.
No wonder the cows end up being so bulky and perfect for beef. 18. Gelbvieh via Lost River Livestock This cow was originally produced to be a three for one to anyone that owned this breed. The original purpose was to raise these animals to work the land, produce dairy, and also produce beef. However, now, most cows in this breed are usually used strictly to produce beef. They are big and look to produce quite a bit of meat.
19. Dexter via Jennifer Mackenzie If you haven’t noticed most breeds of cattle that are produced in Europe have been pretty large cows. This breed is actually one of the smallest of the European produced breeds. In fact, the Dexter breed is about half the size of a Hereford and less than half the size of Friesian. So if you’d prefer a smaller breed cow, then you might want to check into this breed.
20. Piedmontese via Paus This is another Italian breed of cattle. They have an interesting back story. Many years ago a breed of cattle that originated in Pakistan began to migrate into Italy. Because of the mountainous terrain they weren’t able to go any farther. So they ended up breeding with the native cattle and from that this breed was formed. They are used in Italy to produce specialty cheeses and are considered a delicacy with meat as well.
21. Watusi Oklahoma State University I love the name and look of this cow. They have large horns that stick almost straight out of their heads which make them interesting in appearance. However, these cows are great for multiple purposes. Because they produce smaller babies, the males are used to breed a heifer that has never had a baby before. Their milk is also about 10% fat so a lot of farmers like this for dairy production or to breed with another dairy breed for good milk production and content.
22. White Park via Wikipedia This is definitely a larger breed of cattle. The heifers usually weigh in around 1400 pounds. While the bulls can be up to 2200 pounds. But this breed is obviously so treasured in the meat industry because of the high quality of meat they produce. 23. Santa Gertrudis via Britannica This was actually the first beef breed to be formed in the United States. It is a mixed breed that contains both Brahman and Shorthorn.
So if you are looking for an approved beef breed within the United States, this might be a good breed to check into. 24. Braford via The Cattle Site If you haven’t already noticed, if you are going to have a beef breed of cow, then you will most likely end up with one that has both Brahman and Shorthorn or Hereford. Well, this breed is a cross between a Brahman and a Hereford breed. It is used for beef and judging by the large stature, you should get plenty of meat.
25. English Longhorn via Wikipedia The English Longhorn is another breed of beef cattle. They are large cows that are known for producing lean beef. But what makes this breed stand out is its long, curved horns. They curve around their face almost like pigtails. 26. Beefalo via The Cattle Site Do you like the way bison burger tastes? If so, then you might want to consider this breed of cattle.
It is actually a cross breed between a domesticated cow and a bison. So if you’d like meat that tastes a little different than your average beef, then you might want to consider raising this breed of cattle. 27. North Devon via That's Farming Though this cow is quite large, don’t let it fool you. They are actually known for many wonderful characteristics, one of those being their docile nature.
Also, they are known for being quite fertile, birthing easily, great at foraging, and they are also hearty animals that can adapt to different temperatures. 28. Senepol via Senepol Cattle Breeders Association This breed has developed into a great choice for beef, but they did not get an easy start when they were first developed in St. Croix. As a matter of fact, when these cows were originally produced it was for meat for those on the island.
The cows that didn’t meet the standard the farmers set, were quickly killed. The farmers only reproduced the genes that they knew would work in the, often harsh, St. Croix environment. 29. Maine-Anjou via Maine-Anjou Verband When this cow was first produced, again, people wanted an animal that could do more than one thing. At first, this breed was supposed to produce both dairy and beef. Now, it still could do this today if you desire.
But most people who raise this breed use it only for beef. 30. Red Poll via Belvoir Ridge Creamery According to my research, it is very difficult to find a breed of cow that will make their owners a profit year after year in the beef industry. But this breed, apparently, has been making people money from their beef since they made their way to the states over 130 years ago. That means they must produce some seriously high quality beef! So you now have 30 different breeds of cows that you can take into consideration before taking the plunge into raising cattle.
But I’d like to know, why do you want to raise cattle? If you already raise cattle, what breed do you use? Why? We love hearing from you so please leave us your comments in the space below.