Bone Strength

Goat milk is naturally rich in calcium and other minerals. Many studies demonstrate more efficient uptake of calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium and selenium from goat compared to cow milk when gut absorption is compromised.1 Calcium absorption was greatest in diets containing casein from goat milk compared to a diet containing no casein, indicating that casein is needed for calcium absorption from goat milk.2 Diets with goat milk also built up more calcium deposits and stronger bones in young animals.3 This has been linked to reduced loss of bone mineral density and bone strength later in life. In another study, goat milk improved bone health4 in animals with low iron stores.

Research is ongoing to see how these benefits can be applied to help with mineral uptake and strengthening bones in humans.

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  • 1Barrionuevo et al, 2002; Alferez et al, 2003; Campos et al, 2003; Lopez-Aliaga et al, 2003
  • 2McKinnon et al, 2010
  • 3Kruger et al 2008
  • 4Diaz-Castro et al, 2011

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Purpose built manufacturing

The DGC plant is purpose-built solely to be a world class facility for manufacturing goat milk formula. Combined with our cooperative farm model, we are able to control the entire process from milking to distribution. So milk that comes into the plant leaves as a completed product.

The result is a safer, cleaner manufacturing process with no third parties in the production process.

An infant goat milk formula made without palm oil

The fat content of formula must be modified to include several essential fatty acids. Many formulas are based on skim milk where the milk fat is replaced by vegetable oils, including palm oil.1

DGC has adopted an alternative approach, using whole goat milk to retain milk fat. Vegetable oils are still added to top up the essential unsaturated fatty acids in goat milk, but it is not necessary to use palm oil if milk fat is included in the formula.

Our research has also shown that there is also no need to use highly modified ingredients such as OPO.2

1 Delplanque et al, 2015
2 Prosser et al, 2010

Dairy Goat Co-Operative Trust

The Dairy Goat Co-operative’s 72 shareholders farm in some of New Zealand’s premium farming regions – Northland, Waikato and Taranaki. Their ability to do what they do, is enabled by the strength and resilience of the communities which they support, and which support them.

For Families

DGC is of the land, because we are a co-operative of goat farmers who live and breathe by the rhythms of nature. From sun up to sundown, in all kinds of weather, we are caring for our goats – cutting and serving fresh forage for their breakfast, lunch and dinner, milking at day’s break and day’s end, checking the bedding, and generally keeping a watchful eye over the welfare of all, from the littlies to the biggies.

It’s everyday family care. This is appropriate since DGC is itself a family, and we work together with a single focus, on making a better infant formula for the world. Whether it is at 5.30am milking Saturdays and Sundays, or in our labs developing world-class research, or packing our cans safely.

We are proud to be farming a natural food and managing its production all the way to market. And that’s why we feel good about putting our name on it, knowing it is going on to feed and nurture families just like ours.