• 1. Can goats' milk be used in the same way as cows' milk?

    Goats' milk is just natural milk and nothing is added to it. It can be used in exactly the same way as cows' milk and is excellent for cooking.

  • 2. How does the nutritional value of goats' milk compare to cows' milk?

    Nutritionally, the two milks are quite similar and there is no reason at all why goats' milk cannot be considered as a natural alternative to cows' milk. Because milk is a fresh food, nutritional values are liable to vary for reasons of seasonality, type of herd, time of milking, etc. All milk, including goats' milk, is an excellent source of calcium. Just three glasses (750ml) can provide the recommended daily allowance for an adult..

  • 3. Can children drink goats' milk?

    Yes. St Helen's Farm goats' milk is excellent for children. Introduce into a diet just as you would cows' milk. Semi-skimmed or skimmed milk is not recommended for children under 2 years of age because they have fewer calories and young children need the energy from the higher fat content of whole milk.

  • 4. Why can I tolerate goats' milk when I cannot tolerate cows' milk?

    Research has indicated that it has much to do with the protein structure in the milks. They are called caseins and the absence of aplha-s1 casein and a higher proportion of beta-casein in goats' milk means that the casein profile of goats' milk is closer to human milk than that of cows' milk. These proteins form a softer curd in the stomach and the fat particles are also smaller, which is a great aid to digestion for many who cannot tolerate cows' milk.

  • 5. Are you organic?

    We are not organic but we apply organic principles as much as appropriate throughout our farming operations and have developed a welfare system that is tailored to the particular needs of our goats. Organic rules mean that our goats would need to be outside on pasture.

    However, goats are not grazers like cows and they do not like damp and cold conditions and unlike sheep, they have no protective lanolin in their coats. We house our goats under shelter in large barns that keep them warm and dry and provide plenty of fresh air and light. It also means that we can feed them a nutritionally balanced high fibre diet that is best for their health and provides us with good quality milk. . Manure from the goats provides the main fertiliser to the fields.

  • 6. What do the goats eat at St Helen's Farm?

    Our goats are fed a nutritionally balanced diet based on feed that we grow on the farm. Hay or haylage, which is mostly from red clover or lucerne, is always available for them to eat. Their diet is supplemented with a special 'muesli' feed mix that will contain wheat and other grains. A small proportion of this feed may be from soya which is not guaranteed to be GM free.

    They are not and never have been fed meat & bone meal or any animal protein. Antibiotics are not used as a routine treatment, nor are hormones used to increase yield. Our experience in goat farming and commitment to producing high quality milk from healthy, sympathetically managed goats has enabled us to produce goats' milk in the best way, both for our customers and our goats.

    Goats are very affectionate and intelligent animals. Our staff have a genuine interest and love of the animal's character which is evident in their attitude and relationship with the goats.

  • 7. Is goats' milk good for you?

    Many people choose goats' milk simply because they love the taste. Others do so because cows' milk does not agree with them and they want a natural alternative. Many of them tell us that they have derived health benefits by switching to goats' milk.

    Most common problems include digestive disorders such as bloatedness, irritable bowel, and catarrh, chestiness, eczema and even asthma. Nutritionally, goats' milk is a good source of calcium and has many of the essential vitamins and minerals we need.

  • 8. Is your packaging recyclable?

    Our main packaging types are paperboard cartons for milk and plastics for yogurt pots and they are both recyclable where facilities exist. We have always used cardboard cartons to package our milk in preference to either glass or plastic bottles and there are a number of sound environmental reasons for doing so. The cartons arrive with us from the printers as flat board, which means that we can receive many thousands of units on one delivery and store them in a relatively small area. Transporting and storing empty bottles of glass or plastic takes a lot of space and means that we would need to have almost daily deliveries of packaging to satisfy our needs.

    The beverage carton packaging industry is committed to increasing the level of recycling in the UK and works closely with local authorities and community recycling networks to establish collection schemes and bring banks. The situation varies by area and it is best to check with your own local authority about any arrangements that may be in place in your own locality.

    A similar situation exists with plastics. Our yogurt pots are made from polypropylene (PP 05) or polystyrene (PS 06) and are recyclable. The number of local authorities with arrangements for recycling plastics is limited but increasing all the time as the demand to separate and recycle our waste increases. The cardboard sleeves on our yogurt pots are also recyclable.

  • 9. Can I freeze your products?

    Our hard goats' cheese and goats' butter will generally be on quite a long 'best before' code when in the supermarket. Both of them can, however, be frozen successfully if required. Goats' milk can also be frozen but to get the best results after defrosting, we recommend some very specific points such as freezing as quickly as possible on day of purchase. Please go to the milk page for more detailed advice.

    Double goats' cream can be frozen, although best results are often achieved if the cream is whipped lightly before doing so. Goats' milk yogurts are not good for freezing, mainly because the texture is unsatisfactory once defrosted.

    As with all chilled dairy products, we recommend the use of chiller bags when bringing home from the supermarket, and placing in the refrigerator or freezer, at the correct temperature, as soon as you can.

  • 10. Where can I buy your products?

    Our products are only available in supermarkets or through online delivery from a retailer. Our customers are Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, Co-op and Ocado. Not all of our products are available in all stores and our most popular line – fresh goats milk – is only in Tesco and Sainsbury stores. To see our stockist guide click here and if you have specific problems trying to find a stockist near to where you live, please call our helpline on 01430 861715 or email info@sthelensfarm.co.uk and we'll do our best to help.

  • 11. Can I visit your farm?

    As a working farm, we have to be careful with regard to hygiene and disease risk, as well as health and safety issues, so we do not routinely conduct farm tours. However, we do have an Open Day most years and usually try to liaise with the local village fete, so we can organise guided group tours of the farm in order for people to see how we farm and look after the goats – and answer any questions they may have. And sample our products too!

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on 01430 861715 or email info@sthelensfarm.co.uk

  • 12. Are your products suitable for vegetarians?

    All St Helen's Farm products are suitable for vegetarians. This is the case with most dairy products, whether they are made from goats, cows or sheeps milk. One product that sometimes isn't is cheese, where a few cheeses are made with animal rennet (or possibly yogurt or desserts that may use gelatine). However, St Helen's Farm goats cheese is all made with vegetarian rennet and our yogurts do not use gelatine.

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