Making Yogurt to Feed Kids and Calves

Yogurt  not only provides valuable probiotic bacteria to the young ruminant, but it is easy to digest and can remain at room temperature in free choice bucket feeders without fear of growing unwanted pathogens. Making yogurt for kids and calves is a simple and inexpensive process. At Pholia Farm, we feed pasteurized goat milk and goat milk yogurt blended to a feedable consistency and served in free choice bucket feeders. We make the yogurt in the same manner as one would for personal consumption, but with a little less attention to details such as stray goat hairs and incubation temperature.  Here is how we do it:

  1. Heat milk to 180F
  2. Cool to 130F
  3. Stir in about 1-3 TB per gallon of yogurt from the previous batch or store purchased plain yogurt or use 1/2 tsp of powdered yogurt culture (purchased from a culture supply company such as Dairy Connection)
  4. Place pot in an ice chest to hold temperature- add 125 F water for better temperature control. Even easier, you can simply leave the pot to sit on the counter if the room is fairly warm. The resulting yogurt won’t be quite as thick, but it will work for kids.
  5. After 12 hours the yogurt should be set.
  6. Store in refrigerator.
  7. Don’t forget to retain a bit to start your next batch!

There you have it, bon appetit to your young animals!

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3 thoughts on “Making Yogurt to Feed Kids and Calves

  1. Hi Giannaclis. Saw you in Maine and you spoke of this which type of feeder did you use?I remember that you used Pritchard nipples with the vent sealed. We are thinking of this for the kids. Thanks, katie

  2. Hi Katie!
    I use the Pritchards because our kids are so small, but would use some other type if I had “regular” goats. I use a square bucket and drill the holes for the grey, bottom type (with the ball valve and short plastic tube). I add a length of latex tubing (from hardware store) to the short plastic tube, so that it will reach the bottom. It isn’t easy to get the latex tubing on, but it stays there and cleans in place pretty easily. Let me know if this helps. If it isn’t enough, I’ll get some pictures up on our FB farm page. Happy kidding season!

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