FVSU researches benefits of eating goats | News
When most people think of goats, they don't think of them as a dinner option.
But researchers at the Georgia Small Ruminant Research Center point out that switching to goat meat and goat milk could have great health benefits.
The center is located on Fort Valley State's campus and prides itself as the largest facility of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
Park Young, a Professor of Food Science at Fort Valley, says goat milk is hypo-allergenic, which means it's safe for those who are allergic to cow milk.
"Nutrition wise it may be similar, but it may prevent allergy, it's (easy to digest) , it has more nutrients," Young said.
He also says it contains small-chain fatty acids, which is great for growth in small children.
Mahipal Singh, a coordinator for the animal science program, is conducting research on how to mimic a mutation that increased muscle mass in certain cows.
"What we're interested in here is trying to introduce those mutations in the goat genome," Singh said, "That will help small farmers and bigger farmers as well to enhance meat production."
The center not only specializes in goat research, but also the pests that bother them.
A scientist on Fort Valley's campus started a study on parasites that led to a conference.
The center is also the lead institution for the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control.
It has a processing facility where farmers and breeders can bring livestock for slaughter for a fee.