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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Got milk!

Wordless Wednesday's photo was a clue to today's post.
This is one of our cows.
Well not actually 'ours' but we have a share in this little herd.
Up this lovely long driveway sits a heritage farm...
There are presently 3 cows and one calf and one on the way.
Nell, Canella, Ginger and baby V belong to a small farm near us.
Two Jersey's and a Jersey Hereford cross and her baby.
She's the dark brown, white faced gal and her baby V is lying behind her.
We, along with several other families have chosen to drink local, raw milk.
In order to do this legally, you must 'own' the cows from where you're getting your milk.
We have opted to do this because of these facts:
Milk from the large dairy's comes from grain fed cows and has much less
nutritional value than grass fed / pastured cows.
So much so that they have to add vitamins to it.
In some countries commercial dairy's also add hormones.
Yuck! I've got enough of those thanks!
The cows are full of antibiotics and much of the grain they eat
has been previously sprayed with pesticides.
Whole milk has 'good fat' in it.
We are buying local and helping to support and sustain a small, organic farm.
It tastes GOOD!
Before you think "Isn't raw milk dangerous?"
Do some research.
There is a lot of information on the net about this subject and I could write 3 pages on the subject.
Cleanliness is key in an operation like this.
Here's the milking room at the farm...
 Basic but VERY clean and sanitary.
Inside the dairy room, this woman is making cheese...
Everything is sterilized.
These farmers take their job very seriously...
Well maybe not ALL the time!
So once a week we get 1 yummy gallon of milk.
We feel good knowing where our milk came from.
Happy cows, field fed, farmers who love them.






5 comments:

Mary said...

Fabulous Kerry! Bet the milk is delicious; not bland like what we buy at the big grocery stores. :) The farm is beautiful. I want to set off on foot down that path. I know it leads to a wonderful farm, but it also looks as though it could lead to an enchanted forest... :D

Suz said...

yeah!

the wild magnolia said...

down the country lane, on a fairytale farm, lived the jersey cows, yum yum milk.

wish i had a nice cold glass of raw milk.

thank you, for sharing.

farmlady said...

Great photos and wonderful information. Makes me want a milk cow.
They all look like Happy Vancouver Island cows. Beautiful!

Cobalt Violet said...

Great post. Yes, unless it's organic there is so much crap in our dairy here. I have enough hormone issues and we're all getting too many antibiotics.
I grew up allergic to milk but had trouble staying away from cheese. I still do but when I do I like to know where it comes from and what is in it.

Yours just looks so good and so fresh. And cute cows! :)