Testing Dairy Goats for Safe Milk Consumption

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chic-n-farmer, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    What should the goats be tested for to ensure the safety of the milk?
  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    if your goats are healthy and wormed regularly the milk should be good, you need to check if what you worm them with or any medication you give them affects the milk
    we keep the buck far away also..
    I think you can have it tested, we never have. if it tastes good, we drink it.
    we pasturize, some do not. I do because of my grandson, I heard that it can make small children ill if not pasturized and I just don't want to take any chances.
    I found this site..
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    TB is the primary thing.
  4. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2007
    Quote:TB as in tuberculousis? That can be transferred thru the milk?
  5. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Quote:We recently got a doe in milk & were also Wanting to know what tests need to be done. [​IMG] TB is also what I wondered about. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    TB is rare, but it can be transmitted through milk from what i understand...so those of us drinking raw milk should test for it. The largest risk is bovine TB, which is sometimes found in goats.

    Also, test for brucellosis, which is transmittable through milk.
  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Tuberculosis, brucellosis (causes abortions), and John's (pronounced yonees, and is thought to be linked to Crohn's disease in humans) are what I would test for.

    CAE and CL are the most common tests for goats, if you are sending in samples, you may as well test for those as well.

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