Q. What is real, raw milk?
Real milk is milk that comes from pastured cows, that contains all the fat and that has not been processed in any way—it is raw and unhomogenized.
Q. Is it safe to drink real, raw milk?
Real milk that has been produced under sanitary and healthy conditions is a safe and healthy food. It is important that the cows are healthy and do not have any infections. The cows should be eating food appropriate to cows, which is mostly grass, hay or silage, with only a small amount of grain, if any. The milk should be full-fat milk, as many important anti-microbial and health-supporting components are in the fat. The cows should be milked under sanitary conditions and the milk chilled down immediately.
Raw milk contains many components that kill pathogens and strengthen the immune system. These include lacto-peroxidase, lacto-ferrin,anti-microbial components of blood , special carbohydrates pecial fats, complement enzymes, hormones, growth factors, beneficial bacteria and B12-bindingprotein. These components are largely inactivated by the heat of pasteurization and ultrapasteurization.
This five-fold protective system destroys pathogens in the milk, stimulates the Immune system, builds healthy gut wall, prevents absorption of pathogens and toxins in the gut and ensures assimilation of all the nutrients. So powerful is the anti-microbial system in raw milk that even when large quantities of pathogens are added to raw milk, their numbers diminish and eventually disappear!
There are many health benefits to consuming raw milk. Early studies showed that children consuming raw milk had greater resistance to disease, better growth and stronger teeth than children consuming pasteurized milk. Animal studies indicate that raw milk confers better bone structure, better organ development, better nutrient assimilation, better fertility and even better behavior than pasteurized milk.
Milkwood dairy farm is situated near George in the garden route, beneath the Outeniqua mountains.
Our close proximity to both the sea and our beautiful mountain range allows for a moderate climate and sufficient rainfall, which together enable us to grow beautiful lush pastures year round.
At Milkwood we strive towards a more sustainable, biological farming system, doing our best to work with nature and not against it. We feed soil life, balance soil minerals and utilize minimum tillage when establishing pastures.
Our herd of much loved Holstein Frieslands graze a staple diet of ryegrass, clover, Lucerne and kikuyu pasture all year round.
The herd is unique in that all cows bloodlines can be traced back to the original 17 cows when the herd was established in 1957, and no female animals have been bought into the herd ever since. To this day every cow on the farm has its own name, not a number as it normally the case.
The high quality milk they produce is wholesome, nutritious and guaranteed rBST hormone free.