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Milk prices on the rise - buy a goat!

Dairy analysts estimate that the price of store bought milk could go up 60 cents per gallon in March, due in part to a short supply of cheese earlier in the year, which pushed demand for milk.

Higher feed costs, international demand and the current drought in California are also huge contributors, the latter is affecting the production of alfalfa, a major protein-providing foodstuff for dairy animals.

So what can you do to mitigate these fluctuations and provide your family with all the milk and cheese they could desire?

Buy a goat!

A well-bred large breed goat such as a Saanen, Nubian or LaMancha will provide you with a minimum of a gallon of fresh, raw, healthy milk a day, which can then be either kept in its fluid state, or turned into cheese - a fun process that all the family can be involved in!

When obtained from properly tested animals which are clear from all communicable diseases (easily diagnosed through a simple blood test), the milk will be far more nutritionally beneficial than commercially produced milk, which will have been pasteurized, homogenized and obtained from animals potentially exposed to antibiotics and other chemicals, such as growth hormones.

Not to mention it will be full of the best kind of fats that your body is designed to metabolize into good quality hair, skin and muscles - and people who consume these kinds of fats have been found to have less problems with obesity, according to studies.

When your milk is 'home made', you know exactly what has gone into the animals - and are thus controlling the quality of what comes out. For sure, when it comes to your family, only the best will do!

Katy Light has a 44 acre homestead in North GA, where she raises goats, bunnies and chickens. Find her blog at www.poppycreekfarm.com. She can be reached at katy@poppycreekfarm.com.