Milk Replacer vs Whole Cows Milk

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by JenniferShowsGoats, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Goats milk replacer

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  2. Whole cows milk

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  1. JenniferShowsGoats

    JenniferShowsGoats New Member

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    Apr 17, 2018
    I am bringing home a partially weaned goat. His mom is no longer able to nurse/produce milk. I was wondering wether a goats milk replacer or whole cows milk would be better. We have already got him to latch on at the breeders barn but he’s about to finish up the remainder of his moms milk (that’s when I bring him home). I’ve heard it go either way but I was anting to hear opinions/experience with either. Anything helps!
     
  2. Goat_Scout

    Goat_Scout Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2017
    Louisiana
    Although more expensive, whole cow's milk is far better for them than milk replacer IMHO. I've only ever raised my bottle babies on whole milk (straight from our milk cows, so not really expensive for us), and they all grew very well.
     

  3. TooManyBoers

    TooManyBoers Well-Known Member

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    Oct 19, 2017
    UK
    It would really depend on the milk in question. Personally, in terms of growth, I prefer milk replacer. In terms of cost, I prefer whole milk.

    It would all depend on the quality of each. I prefer milk replacer since the one I use is pure powdered goats milk. No soy. However if I was offered standard, cheaper milk replacer or whole milk, I’d choose fresh whole milk. Then you have to ask, is it jersey/guernsey/etc milk or Holstein-Friesian milk, the former being much better quality from a growth perspective (but again so much more expensive).

    So all in all, my answer is: it depends on the milk replacer. If it is anything but powdered goats’ milk, go for fresh cows milk. If it is pure, powdered goats milk, then it is better (in my opinion).

    But perhaps the key decider would be, which will the kid take most readily?
     
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  4. JenniferShowsGoats

    JenniferShowsGoats New Member

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    Apr 17, 2018
    What brand of powdered goats milk do you use? It would have been whole milk from the grocery store since I don’t have access to fresh cows milk
     
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  5. JenniferShowsGoats

    JenniferShowsGoats New Member

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    Apr 17, 2018
    Does it matter if it’s whole cows milk from the store?
     
  6. Goat_Scout

    Goat_Scout Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2017
    Louisiana
    No, it doesn't. Of course, the fresher it is the better, but I'd still prefer the whole milk from the store to the milk replacer that I have access to.
     
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  7. Kaigypsygoats

    Kaigypsygoats Member

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    Jan 10, 2018
    High Desert, Calif
    This is what we used now that the kids are close to weaning: whole cows milk mixed with goat milk. Before, it was all goat's milk. Store bought cow's milk, even whole isn't fatty enough, imo. So we mix the two, something like 60% cow/40% goat. No issues with the babies so far.
     
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  8. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Whole milk from the store is fine. The problem with even high quality replacers can be the preservatives in it.
     
  9. TooManyBoers

    TooManyBoers Well-Known Member

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    Oct 19, 2017
    UK
    I never had a big problem with my replacer (a few runny bums but I think that ended up as cocci). However I’m afraid mine is a UK make so I can’t speak for the delivery times in the US. It’s also VERY expensive. It does have a US option though.

    https://www.gnltd.co.uk/
     
  10. lottsagoats1

    lottsagoats1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Middle Maine
    I use goat milk, however, there are times when I just don't get enough for the kids. buy the milk replacer made for goat kids that has no soy and is milk based. I usually mix it 50/50 with the goat milk, but I have used just the milk replacer alone and never had problems.
     
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