Infant growth and development

DGC has conducted two double blinded randomised control trials of goat formula1 and one prospective co-hort study2 in new born infants. The key outcomes from these trials were:

  • The growth, general health, formula tolerance and nutritional outcomes were comparable to breast fed infants3
  • Blood levels of folate, ferritin and haemoglobin were within the normal range4
  • There were less amino acids in plasma and 11% lower urea in blood, consistent with fewer excess amino acids in goat whole milk formula compared to a whey based cow milk formula5
  • These clinical trials confirm that a formula made from goat milk, without the addition of whey and with goat milk fat, supplies all the essential nutrients needed for growth and development of infants less than 12 months of age.
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    1Grant et al, 2005; Zhou et al, 2014
    2Han et al, 2011
    3Grant, Rotherham et al. 2005; Han, Chang et al. 2011; Zhou, Sullivan et al. 2014
    4Zhou et al, 2014

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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.

Animal Welfare and Health

New Zealand has a strict Code of Welfare for Goats. It specifies what is considered to be optimal animal welfare and how this may be achieved for goats farmed under New Zealand conditions. DGC farms are required to follow the New Zealand Code of Welfare for Goats as well as DGC’s own Code of Farm Practice.

Blending

Our state of the art blending plant enables us to add the additional nutrients required to meet regulatory and specific product requirements where necessary.