On July 21st at 1am I helped our Guernsey cow, Penny, deliver her little bull calf! It was quite the experience for all of us and it’s been a busy couple weeks getting use to our new routine and getting to know each other better. A routine has definitely helped and only the last couple days I’ve started to find peace and understanding. The learning process with anything new can be frustrating and full of failures but we are on the up swing. 😀
We got Penny from a high volume dairy up in Iowa. They gave her tons of grain, even when she wasn’t in milk. I’ve been working with her to try and switch her diet. She has free choice hay that has not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. She is in a beautiful green pasture with chest high grass. And during milking time I give her sprouts! Also called fodder. I sprout organic corn, barley, and wheat in my laundry room and tote it out to our farm to give it to our cow twice a day. She wasn’t too sure about it at first but now she eats it like candy. I also give her organic alfalfa pellets, kelp, and molasses along with her free choice mineral salt.
Why sprouts and grass fed? Well there are studies that show an increased amount of Omega 3 and a decreased amount of Omega 6 in grass fed animals. We need both of these Omega’s in our body in equal amounts for ultimate health. Unfortunately in today’s society we get a lot of Omega 6 in grain fed animals and a minute amount of Omega 3’s. People supplement with flax seeds and other products to increase their Omega 3’s. But ideally we would eat meats and dairy products from grass fed animals which our bodies can assimilate naturally. You can read more about Omega 3 and 6 HERE.
And our Penny is A2/A2 which describes the casein in the milk. A1 is what you will find in the milk at the grocery store and from almost all Holstein cattle. Older breeds of cattle like the Guernsey are predominantly A2. Research shows a direct correlation between a population’s exposure to A1 cow’s milk and incidence of auto-immune disease, heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia. A1 milk also stimulates mucus secretion. You can read more about A1 and A2 HERE.
Know where your milk comes from. Make sure it’s not pasteurized or homogenized. Make sure the cow is A2 and find out what your farmer is feeding the cow. Investing your time to find a source with the right answers to these questions is investing in your health and the health of your family. Milk is a wonderful source of calcium and other nutrients if the animal is fed the way the Lord intended.