Hello, I'm very new when it comes to owning goats. I just got my two does in the summer and now I'm expecting my first batch of kids at the end of march!!! I can't wait till the little kiddys are here and I get to try my hand at milking and cheese making! Which brings me to my question. Is it necessary for me to test my does for Tuberculosis in order to drink their milk raw? I live in California which is not TB free, but all the reported cases of TB has been with cows not goats. I would prefer not to pasteurize for many reasons, mainly it's easier and healthier.
I have done a HUGE amount of research about TB testing and the loses you can face if the test comes out "suspect."
What I would like to do is either drink the raw and be slightly worried, or home pasteurize and lose out on the health benefits of raw milk.
One more thing- the ranch I got my does at milked their goats for food. I don't know if the pasteurized or not.
I have searched the web for almost a year now trying to find a strait answer for what I should do. So I'm hoping someone here will.