Thursday, June 2, 2011

Milking Goats

I love a misty morning walk down to the goat barn. The clinking of my milk bucket, the soft bleating of the waiting goats, the sweet smell of hay and earth make me feel peaceful and happy.

Goats are intelligent, loving creatures with an eager to please disposition. They were among the first domesticated animals and their desire to develop a deep bond with the herd keeper is evident.

65% of the milk consumed worldwide if from goats. A well cared for, mature doe can easily produce over a gallon a day. Goat milk protein contains all the known essential amino acids, including a much higher content of medium chain fatty acids. It also contains A and B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. The unique molecular structure of goat milk not only makes it healthy and easy to digest but it is also beneficial when applied topically. With its natural emollients, goat milk can relieve dryness and restore a supple softness to the skin. Goat milk nourishes the body inside and out.

While I milk my mind often drifts to the people all over the world, throughout history, who have sat down next to a goat to do the same thing in the same way and I feel as if this time honored tradition connects me, in a deeper way, to humanity.

2 comments:

* Crystal * said...

Your girls are beautiful!

Milking is peaceful......but when I try to explain that simple peace to people who don't have goats they just don't get it.

They are such unique, intriguing creatures.... I feel very blessed to have them in my life.

Paula said...

Christie, you seem to be a natural anthropologist and treasurer of times gone by just like I am.