Va­ri­ety of milk-pro­duc­ing live­stock

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News Staff Glen­gar­ri­ans, and Cana­di­ans in gen­eral, are used to get­ting their milk pri­mar­ily from Ayr­shires, Hol­steins, Guernseys, Jerseys, as well as a hand­ful of other breeds, and, in ev­er­in­creas­ing num­bers, goats.

And while it’s gen­er­ally stated that nine out of every 10 glasses of milk con­sumed world­wide comes from dairy cows, there are also a num­ber of al­ter­na­tive milk-pro­duc­ing live­stock for peo­ple around the globe.

In the Philip­pines and a num­ber of other South­east Asian coun­tries such as Guam, In­done­sia and Malaysia, the carabao – a do­mes­ti­cated wa­ter buf­falo species that is used for a num­ber of farm-re­lated chores such as pulling a cart or wagon to mar­ket, or pulling a plow in a farmer's field – is a chief source of milk. Carabao milk is richer and creamier com­pared to cow’s and goat’s milk due to its high per­cent­age of milk fat, and also con­tains the same es­sen­tial protein, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als of that pro­duced by its bovine cousins.

Camel’s milk, widely drunk in Ara­bic coun­tries re­port­edly con­tains 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.

It is also very durable, be­ing able to last for a week in the desert at 30ºC.

And it will also keep for up to three months when prop­erly re­frig­er­ated. In the cold cli­mate of North­ern Scan­di­navia, the only source of milk for its La­p­lan­der in­hab­i­tants is the rein­deer, as no other dairy an­i­mal can sur­vive the harsh and long win­tery con­di­tions typ­i­cal of that re­gion.

Rein­deer’s milk has a fat con­tent of 22 per cent – six times that of cow’s milk.

In south­east­ern Rus­sia, as well as neigh­bour­ing Mon­go­lia and north­east­ern China, mare’s milk is pop­u­lar.

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