The gorgeous, fawn-coloured, long-lashed Jersey cows on the lush pastures of Dalewood Farm all have an added sparkle in their eyes. And rightly so, as they are the first step in creating a string of award-winning cheeses.
According to Jo Robinson “dairy products from pastured animals are ideal for your health. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
Dairy products from grass-fed ruminants are the richest known source of the good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. When ruminants are raised on fresh pasture alone, their products contain from three to five times more CLA than products from animals fed conventional diets.
Milk from pastured cows often offers additional health benefits. Besides giving you five times more CLA, this milk also contains an ideal ratio of essential fatty acids or EFAs; omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
A cow raised on pasture produces far less milk that a cow raised in a confinement dairy on a grain-based diet. Dairy products from grass-fed cows have a rich yellow colour that is visible proof of their bonus supply of carotenes. Serve cheese from a grass-based dairy, and everyone will notice the difference. The less milk a cow produces, the more vitamins in her milk.”
Extract written by Jo Robinson – a New York Times bestselling writer. She is the author / co-author of eleven published books including Pasture Perfect, a comprehensive overview of the benefits of choosing products from pasture-raised animals.
Dalewood cows never receive growth or milk production increasing hormones, neither do they receive any unnecessary antibiotics. Bottom line; the cows are happy and happy cows produce valuable, delicious milk, which in turn makes good cheese. We hope you will taste the difference …