Introduction

  • Goat and sheep milk are a healthy dairy alternative, even if your physical condition is not compromised. They are rich in fats and minerals, and the (very favourable) facts regarding the nutrition value of this milk can be found on websites mentioned on this page.
  • The milk can be processed to make cheese, butter, ice cream and other dairy products.
  • This is a niche market.

Local business environment

Expert advice about the regulations governing safe milk production can be obtained from the Dairy Standard Agency (details under “Role players” heading).

The advantages of goat milk are laid in several role player websites (see “Role players” heading). Elmarie van Aswegen from Ovis Angelica sets out the case for dairy sheep:

  • Sheep are a triple purpose species, yielding wool, mutton and milk.
  • You can keep up to four times as many sheep per hectare as cattle, and they reproduce faster than other species
  • Cattle take a long time to produce saleable offspring. Most goat breeds are seasonal breeders and will kid only once a year. But sheep can reproduce up to three times in two years. Milk sheep are prolific breeders.
  • The SA Milk Sheep has a lactation period of six months (other sheep – three months)
  • The SA Milk Sheep gives up to four litres a day
  • The wool is strong – 30 micron
  • The ewes are productive: twins and triplets are the norm. Maternal instincts are excellent.
  • The carcass quality of slaughter lambs is very good and has a good spreading of fat. The sheep are relatively big, ewes weighing 70 – 75 kg.

Find the Milking Goats Code of Welfare at https://lwcc.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Milking-goat-Welfare-working-document-13-May2013.pdf

Role players

Companies

Note: Click to expand the headings below.  To get a free listing on our website like the ones below, visit here for more information or place your order here. Disclaimer: The role player listings are not vetted by this website.

Representative Bodies
SA Milch Goat Breeders’ Society www.milkgoats.co.za Find the notes on goat’s milk on the website
SA Stud Book https://studbook.co.za Goat breeder associations are affiliated to SA Stud Book.
Community, NGO and NPO Service Providers
Dairy Standard Agency www.dairystandard.co.za Promoting the compliance of milk and other dairy products with product composition, food safety and metrology standards

Further reference:

  • Find the complete member list at www.milkgoats.co.za. Some of these are listed above. Please note that the “Dairy processing” page in the Adding value section includes some role players relevant to the goat and sheep milk industry.

Inputs

Websites and publications

Also refer to the “Dairy processing” page in the Adding Value section.

Find the general goat publications on the “Meat goats” page. General sheep publications can be found on the “Mutton – sheep” one.

 

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