Hi, I am new at goats. How I can know the milk from my goats is safe to drink? Testing the milk? where? blood tests? poop test? also, what are the risks of drinking raw milk? What could be in the milk? Thanks, Patty
Benton County Oregon
Thank you for reaching out with your question about raising goats and drinking their milk. There are health concerns that you should be aware of if you choose to drink raw milk, as milk can end up being a source of disease organisms such as E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. The US FDA has a fact sheet that goes into more depth about the dangers of raw milk at:
OSU Extension Service has a guide to get started Owning a Dairy Cow or Goat.
This publication will get you started and has information about pasteurizing milk, which reduces health risks, which is a recommended practice.