FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Researchers at Fort Valley State University are helping farmers get the most out of their businesses. Fort Valley State University's Dairy Technology Center sits on 21 acres of farmland. Researchers are in the process of studying goat milk and its effect on the human body. Dr. Kouakou said goat milk is easier to digest than cow milk.
"After we pasteurize the milk, we use it to make cheese. We make ice cream with the milk. We also make soap," said Dr. Kouakou.
It takes about 35 minutes to make the soap which has olive oil as one of its ingredients.
"I got a niece in Akron, Ohio where it snows all the time; she says she doesn't use lotion any more," said Ruby Regan.
Education and research are what soap, cheese, and ice cream are made for. And if you ever wanted to know what ice cream made from goat milk tastes like,
"It's difficult to describe. You have to taste it yourself and check that against cow milk, but everybody that has tasted it...they love it. They say that it is better, and it's creamier," said Dr. Kouakou.
Dr. Kouakou said people consume more goat milk in developing countries where it costs more to feed cows to produce milk.
"The composition, also, is closer to human breast milk. One of the research projects that we are doing is to try to make infant formula with goat milk because it's closer to human milk than cow milk," said Dr. Kouakou.
Georgia farmers also come to this research center to learn how to go into business for themselves and the proper food safety techniques. Dr. Kouakou said Fort Valley State University's goat research center is considered one of the most productive research centers regarding goat milk in the state.