FAQs

How long has goat milk formula been around?

The goat milk formula made from whole goat milk was first used in Australia and New Zealand nearly 30 years ago.

Can Capricare® be mixed with cow formula?

Any formula is designed to deliver specific amounts of nutrients in each scoop. Mixing different formulas runs the risk on the long term of making the feed over or under concentrated causing discomfort in the baby or an imbalance in nutrients. It is OK to mix formula for a short time (3-7 days), when switching from cow milk to Capricare® for instance.

Also it is best not to switch between two different formula types too often as the baby may experience upset tummies.

How to switch from cow milk to Capricare®?

The best way is to gradually replace one formula with another over 3-7 days. Start by replacing one scoop of cow milk formula with Capricare® when making up the bottle. After a 1 or 2 days replace another of the scoops with Capricare®, until eventually all scoops are from Capricare®.

Check baby’s reactions after making each change. If the baby shows any negative reactions, e.g. refusal, spitting up then you might have to make changes over longer period of time.

What about the folic acid and iron levels?

Vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, vitamin B12, C, D, E and iron are present in Capricare® in adequate quantities to supply the necessary intakes for babies from 6 to 12 months*.

What about the smell of goat milk?

Our milk comes from well-fed goats that are raised in healthy conditions. And the milk is treated gently during each step of collection and manufacturing process. This enables our formula to have a pleasant taste and smell.

How are goats farmed in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, goats are sheltered using open-sided barns that allow exposure to natural lighting and fresh air. Space is provided to allow goats to move around freely or lie down. Goats are given free access to their food.

What do goats eat in New Zealand?

Goat milk in New Zealand is produced from goats fed locally grown grasses, clover, lucerne, hay, silage or pasture plants. Milking goats are also given some supplements containing grains such as corn, barley or oats to provide further protein and energy. All feeds supplied to milking goats on DGC farms are assessed as being compatible with the production of high quality goat milk formula.

Do farmers use antibiotics in New Zealand?

The use of all drugs, including antibiotics, is highly regulated in New Zealand. Antibiotics are used in some exceptional circumstances to treat infections. In this case, all milk collected during the treatment period and several days after treatment, is discarded. DGC routinely tests milk at each delivery to ensure it is free from antibiotic residues.

Where else is goat milk formula?

Our goat milk formula is available in 20 countries worldwide. It is called Capricare® or by different names, such as Karihome, Golden Goat or Nanny.