Our milk is both more nutritious and tastes better than conventional milk
Cows that are fed a balanced diet with all their required nutrients produce award winning, great tasting milk, that is good for you. Our milk is higher in protein and has higher omega three and better ratios than conventional milk. Every input into the farm is organic, from organic grain and pastures, to natural remedies for the cow, in order to ensure that the milk is of the highest quality and taste.
Taste the difference
The key to the taste of our dairy products is a cow’s diet - what cows eat is a big factor on milk quality and on human health. There are also many factors which alter the composition of their milk.
If the feed is very fibrous then the cows produce a lot more cream. This happens particularly in the summer months because the cows graze sub-tropical grasses and legumes that are notoriously high in fibre and lower in energy and protein (which in turn affects production with the average cow producing as much as 20 litres less per day). The milk from this type of pasture is often sweeter and creamier than the milk produced in winter.
If the cows don’t get enough fibre then they will stop ruminating or chewing the cud. This is what can happen in summer during really hot weather as the cows elect not to eat fibrous feeds because they know that fibrous feeds will heat them up. We allow our cows to go to trees as soon as they want to in summer to avoid this heat stress situation. During these times our cows are going to the trees at 9:00 in the morning and don’t emerge until 3pm in time for milking. They consequently spend most of the night grazing.
If the cows don’t get enough energy but enough protein then they will lose weight. This will also increase the fat percentage of the milk and therefore the milk will be creamier. We supplement our cows with grain in the dairy so that they maintain their body condition. If cows are losing weight the protein percentage of the milk will be lower.
Our protein percentage is about 3.5%, which is very high compared to other herds on conventional farms, who are on average around 3%.
If the cows don’t have adequate protein fed to them then the cows will fatten and the protein percentage will go up but the milk yield will go down. Too much protein in the grass however is not good for the cows. This is what happens when conventional farmers fertilise with urea and nitrogenous fertiliser the excess protein gets converted to ammonia in the rumen which kills some of the bacteria. This makes the cows feel sick so they stop eating and lie down. Milk from these cows has a high milk urea nitrogen value which can have a strong effect on the taste quality. Being organic, we do not use these type of fertilisers and our cows are allowed to graze on a mixed pasture of grasses and legumes which allows them to balance their own rations.
I hope this helps give a little bit more of an insight into our cow’s diets. I will try and answer any questions you have, so feel free to share them below or get in touch with us via facebook.
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