Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I find your products?
Please see our list of stockists to find one in your area.
- From what age can my child eat goats’ milk products?
For a child who does not show symptoms of any allergies, you can substitute goats’ milk products for cows’ milk products, such as yoghurt, before the age of 1 year old. It is not advised to introduce milk before the age of 1.
For children with allergies and other health challenges, goats’ milk products are likely to be able to help, but please speak to your paediatrician, as we cannot provide professional medical advice.
- Is your milk pasteurized and homogenized?
Pasteurisation: All of our milk is pasteurised before going into production as per national food safety requirements. Our bottled goats’ milk is ultra-pasteurised in order to extend its shelf life.
Homogenisation: We do not sell our cows’ milk in drinking form, and it does not need to be homogenized prior to being used to make cheese. We do package goats’ milk in drinking form, but it is naturally homogenized (because the fat globules are small, they remain suspended throughout the milk rather than rising to the top).
- Why don’t you supply raw milk?
Our factory complies with the highest food safety requirements in order to ensure that we supply safe and healthy dairy products. Unfortunately the health risks of raw milk make it unviable for us to supply wholesale. However, if you are looking for raw milk, please get in touch with us and we will see how we can help.
- What makes goats’ milk taste different?
The fatty acid chains in goats’ milk are different to those in cows’ milk. It is these that give goats’ milk it’s particular taste. When improperly managed during the milking and production process, goats’ milk products can have a very strong taste, which is off-putting for most South Africans (European palates seem to prefer stronger tastes!). However, we pay very strict attention to herd management, and are quick to cool milk after milking. High hygiene standards in our factory also help to ensure that the taste of our goats’ milk products is mild enough that even children can enjoy them.
- Are your animals certified free range?
There is currently no government legislation governing use of the term “free range”. As such, we cannot currently claim to be certified.
However, our cows and goats graze freely in grass pastures, and we were awarded the right to use the ‘Free Range Dairy’ trademark awarded by Free Range Dairy®. Although they are no longer in business, you can see their website for a full list of audited categories:http://www.freerangedairy.co.za/auditcriteria.htm
- Are your animals antibiotic free?
Our animals are not routinely treated with antibiotics, and our milk is tested daily to ensure that it is antibiotic free. Should an animal require treatment, she will be removed from the milking herd until she is cleared.
- Are your animals rBST free?
None of our animals are injected with rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin – an artificial milk producing hormone).
- Are your products certified organic?
There is currently no national legislation governing organic farming, but it is incredibly difficult to farm economically at scale according to organic principles. This is because of the large number of inputs to the farming process including fertilisers, herbicides and animal feed, which are not organic. Our herds are not organic, and therefore neither are our products.
- Are your products GMO-free?
Most of our herds are supplemented with a maize feed. Non-GMO maize is very scarce in South Africa, and as such we cannot claim that our herds are GMO-free.
- Can I use the milk for my puppies?
It is not advised to feed your puppy cows’ milk, but the structure of goats’ milk makes it an ideal substitute food. Our goats’ milk is not available from early June until mid-August due to the kidding season.
- Can I have your product while banting?
Of course! Protein is an important component of the banting lifestyle, and goats’ milk is considered a complete protein, as it contains all of the essential amino acids required to produce healthy cells.