We are beginning our fourth year of milking and have learned a great deal! A big thank you to all as we work out the details so we can provide the highest vitamin milk and cream possible. Please bear with us as we continue to learn.
The key to quality milk is in the grass. Our goal is to raise the most nutrient dense grass so the cattle ingest the maximum vitamins and minerals with each bite enabling them to pass this on to their milk and meat. We use a technique called Management Intensive Grazing (MIG). The philosophy is that you allow the cattle to graze a small paddock, just enough for one day. Then move them to a new paddock the next day with just enough grass for that day locking them out of the previous days paddock.
This gives the grass a chance to rest and spreads out the manure fertilizing the fields further enhancing the quality of the soil and grass. We make every effort to move the cattle frequently, up to three times a day in the summer. In the winter, we have a “sacrifice” paddock with wood chip bedding to capture the manure during heavy rains. We buy the best alfalfa hay in southeast Missouri for the wintertime.
Keeping the milk clean is one of our utmost concerns. We use a portable milking machine to keep the quality of the milk high. We quickly bottle and chill it to maximize the ‘shelf life’. Customers report to us their milk is fresh three weeks after it was milked!
We invite you to try a jar. Grassfed, unhomogenized, unpasteurized milk with the cream on top in a glass jar! What better food is there?
The following is a partial list of the beneficial “Safety Systems” built into unpasteurized milk to help your body:
B-lymphocytes (kill foreign bacteria; call in other parts of the immune system), T- Lymphocytes (multiply if bad bacteria are present; produce immune strengthening compounds), Macrophages (engulf foreign proteins and bacteria), Neutrophils (kill infected cells; mobilize other parts of the immune system), IgA/IgG Antibodies (bind to foreign microbes and prevent them from migrating outside the gut; initiate immune response), Bifidus Factor (promotes growth of Lactobacillium bifidus, a helpful bacteria in gut, which helps crowd out dangerous germs), Medium Chain Fatty Acids (disrupt cell walls of bad bacteria), Mucins (adhere to bacteria and viruses, preventing those organisms from causing disease).
Source: Scientific American, Dec. 1995 and Lancet, Nov. 17, 1984.
Our beautiful 100% grassfed Jersey herd provides rich, creamy milk. We milk only once a day and do not feed grain in the parlor. This practice allows for maximum nutrients in the milk!
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