Nutritional advantages of Raw Milk, Grass-fed animals, and Pasture-based Farming
Health benefits of raw milk
- Prevents tooth decay
- Promotes growth and calcium absorption
- Prevents joint stiffness
- Protects against asthma and allergic skin problems
- Prevents scurvy and protects against flu, diphtheria, and pneumonia
- Resistance Children who drink raw milk have more resistance to TB
- Enzymes: All the natural enzymes in the milk are available to your body to assist with digestion.
- Proteins: All 22 amino acids and 100% of the proteins are available to your body.
- Fats: All 500 saturated and unsaturated fats are available. Fatty acids (essential for every cell if the body to function) are the source of all flavor and ft-soluble vitamins.
- Minerals: 100% of calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, and vital trace minerals are available to your body.
- Vitamins: All fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins are 100% metabolically available to your body.
- Carbohydrates: The lactose in raw milk is slowly and safely absorbed.
- Bacteria: 95%+ of the bacteria in raw milk is beneficial to the body. The good bacteria also retards the growth of any posssible bad bacteria in the milk. Raw milk will keep safely for 2 weeks in the refrigerator, even when it goes sour!
Health benefits of 100% grass-fed cattle
- Fat Content: Same amount of fat as wild game or skinless chicken breast
- Cholesterol: Lean red meat as a class has been proven to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: The omega-3 fatty acids (which are found in much higher concentrations and healthier balances than in grain-fed cattle) are essential for normal growth and development and lower your risk of mental disorders, heart problems, and some cancers.
- CLA: CLA shows good effects in preventing or treating cancer, obesity, diabetes, and immune disorders.
CLA helps convert fat to lean muscle.
Natural CLA (from grass-fed animals) is perfectly safe, even when taken in mega doses, whereas many supplements can be dangerous if taken in mega doses. Grass-fed cattle have 4-5 times more natural CLA than grain-fed cattle.
CLA is concentrated in the cream of the milk.
Grass-fed dairy contains up to 5 times as much CLA as grain-fed dairy.
- Beta-Carotene: Grass contains beta-carotene. Therefore, the meat, eggs, and daify from grass-fed animals is a great source of this vitamin.
Naturally yellow-colored, beta-carotene gives the fat of grass-fed animals a rich yellow hue, which is very different from the pasty white, vitamin-deficient grain-fed fat.
Health benefits of Pasture-based Farming
- Healthier for the animals:
Grass-fed animals have fewer illnesses, fewer gastric disorders, less stress, less heat stress, and fewer injuries and deaths than their confined grain-fed counterparts. They are happier, healthier, and can be just as productive (in giving milk) as grain-fed animals. (We at Grassfields don't get as much milk from our animals as confinement animals, but we also have less expense. Our focus is not on milk production, but the health of the animals and their products.) Grass-fed animals are also rarely fed antibiotics (antibiotics are never fed to any dairy cows, grain-fed or grass-fed) or given growth or production hormones. (We do neither at Grassfields.) By not giving them hormones, our animals grow at a slower, normal rate which is more comfortable to, and healthier for, them. We also give the dairy cows a break of two months from milking them just before they have their calves. This helps them keep healthy and grow a healthy calf.
- Better for the farmer:
The break for the dairy cows results in a break for the farmer also where we can get much work done that was put off throughout the year during the busy calving and harvesting seasons and also take vacations. Overall, by pasturing the cows, there is less work for the farmer, since he does not have to bring feed (in the summer) to the animals and take out their waste. Farmers who raise grass-fed animals have a greater profit margin than feedlot farmers. This is credited to less need for big machinery, less feed costs, and fewer veterinary visits needed.
- Better for the environment:
Grazing animals reduces pollution (since there is less need for tractor work), encourages plant bio-diversity, mimics the natural prairie, and contributes to the soil fertility. In addition, grazing the land (instead of tilling up the soil and planting crops every year) reduces erosion and does not contribute to run-off from huge crop fields which can infiltrate the ground and waters.