From the Meadow To The Market
Good milk starts with the cows, which graze outside and are housed in a large, clean & comfortable barn and are free from antibiotics and synthetic hormones. Healthy cows start from green grass and legumes hat are rich in nutrients; and healthy plants comes from soil that is properly maintained and full of live organisms.
Our milk comes from our own cows, they are grass-fed only; no grain/corn is fed to our cows. Because our cows are grass-fed, their milk contains CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). CLA is a naturally occurring trans fatty acid made from omega-6 essential fatty acids in the rumens or guts of pastured ruminants such as cows, goats, and sheep, which helps in disease protection, and muscle growth.
Omegas are types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are called “essential” fatty acids because the body needs them but can’t manufacture them, so we have to get them from our diet. They are critical for proper tissue development and brain function.
Many researchers have shown that the best source of CLA is dairy and meat products from pastured cows, because they produce up to 500% more CLA than cows fed typical confinement rations. Despite efforts to find ways to artificially raise CLA levels, the only thing found to significantly raise CLA was fresh grass. Our grass based farming improves the quality of life for our cows and for you by employing pasturing practices that meet and exceed the National Organic Program Standards. Simply switching from grainfed to grassfed products can greatly increase your intake of CLA.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and omega-6 fatty acids increase inflammation. These fatty acids form part of the membrane around every cell in our bodies. The membrane controls what pass in and out of the cells, as well as how they communicate with each other. Cells with high levels of omega-3s in their membranes are more fluid and work more effectively.
Therefore, it is important to keep a healthy balance of the two. Omega-3s are most abundant in seafood and certain nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and walnuts, but they are also found in animals raised on pasture. Omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae. Sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass are omega-3s.
Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals are ideal for your health. Compared with commercial products, they offer you more "good" fats, and fewer "bad" fats. “ For optimal CLA production, cows need to graze on grass rather than be artificially fattened in feed lots. Studies and research findings have shown that the meat from grass-fed cows contain up to four times as much CLA as their non-grass-fed counterparts.
Today’s dairy products have only about one third of the CLA content they used to have before 1960.” (Hajoway, 2004). They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs.
Gorts 100% Grass Fed whole milk is pasteurized with a Hot Time Short Time (HTST) pasteurization process and is sent to the customer. Our milk is fresh and in its natural state.
Gorts Grass Fed Only Whole milk is non-homogenized, which means the fat globules are not broken down, but rise to the top to form cream. This is milk in its’ natural form, its smoother and has more flavor. Non-homogenized milk allows our bodies to easily absorb and utilize the vitamins and minerals in the milk ie: Vitamins A & D and calcium.
We also have Non Homogenized Chocolate Milk. Rich and creamy, only 3 ingredients: milk, organic sugar, organic cocoa.
Our milk is now available in:
Gorts Farm Store
Askews – 2 locations
Shuswap Health Foods
Askews Foods in Armstrong
It All Good and Natural Health Food Store in Blind Bay,
Nature’s Bounty in Sorrento
Natures Fare in, Vernon
Smorgasbord Country Kitchen
Nu Leaf Produce in Kamloops
Natures Fare Kamloops
Natures Fare on Cooper Rd
Choices, in Kelowna
Farmers Fruit and Produce in Winfield.
The Local Butcher
Whole Foods – all 4 locations
Ethical Kitchen in North Vancouver.
Choices – West 16th and on Richards St.
Choices - White Rock
Farm to Table
Natures Fare - Langley
Whistler and Squamish – Nester Foods
Dr. John Church, assistant professor at Thompson River University, along with some of his students, have been researching the levels of CLA in grass-fed beef and dairy products. They have tested some of our cheese as a part of their testing. They have found higher levels of CLA in our products (and other grass-fed products), than they had expected. Read more at http://www.besthealthmag.ca/omega/#0p9J98wfUGQg0t3v.99