Benefits of Raw Milk
Raw milk contains important enzymes that help you assimilate the nutrients in milk. These enzymes are rendered inactive once milk is pasteurized.
Raw milk has all essential enzymes for digestibility. Pasteurized milk no longer contains the living enzymes that are necessary to assimilate the calcium, milk sugars, and milk solids contained in milk.
The many vitamins and minerals found in milk are more bio-available in raw milk.
Raw milk is safe! It contains lactic-acid producing bacteria that protect against pathogens that can contaminate milk and infect humans.
Grass-fed is best!
Cows at Milk and Honey graze on irrigated pasture in a rotational system that allows grasses and legumes to grow back healthy with mineral and compost tea sprays.
Cows are given year round access to grass and alfalfa hay that we grow ourselves, free of chemical sprays and petroleum-based fertilizers. Free choice kelp, salt and sea minerals are available to meet dietary needs.
Recent studies demonstrate that raw milk from cows that graze exclusively on grass and forages produce milk that has superior nutritional value to milk from cows that have been fed grain, with twice as much omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene. The omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are in proper balance, and the content of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is five times higher than in milk from grain-fed cows. CLA has been shown to be a potent defense against cancer.
Additional Benefits of Whole Raw Milk
Glycosphingolipids are found in whole raw milk. These fats protect against gastrointestinal infections. Children who drink skim milk – minus the glycosphingolipids – have diarrhea rates 3 to 5 times greater than those who drink whole raw milk. Interestingly, what is called “whole milk” in stores has had much of the cream removed. No cream is removed from our milk, so you can still receive whole-milk benefits while using some of the cream top in other foods and beverages and to make butter.
Benefits of Butter
Contains lecithin, arachidonic acid, and omega-3 and -6 short and medium chain fatty acids, which protect against infection.
Also contains palmitoleic acid, which has antimicrobial properties.
Butyric acid, a very short-chain saturated fatty acid, has anti-fungal and anti-tumoral effects, and it is unique to butter.
Butterfat contains trace minerals. The iodine in butter helps protect against goiter, and butter is extremely rich in selenium.
By participating in our herd share program, you will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh, raw, locally-produced milk. This milk is not pasteurized and therefore retains all of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes some of which are destroyed in the pasteurization process.
This milk is also not homogenized which means the milk is in its natural state and is therefore more digestible. Your milk will be waiting for you in wide-mouth half gallon glass jars from which it is easy to skim the cream if you so choose. Remember, cream = butter, ice cream, sour cream, cream cheese, crème fresh, Yum!
For those needing to avoid Beta Casein protein (BCM7) in their milk due to allergies or intolerances, we offer certified A2A2 milk from Brown Swiss cows.