Purpose Built

Fond du Lac Farms' was designed from the ground up to be a raw milk facility. Every decision was made with the thought of our cows’ comfort and cleanliness in mind.

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Why the Brown Swiss?

At Fond du Lac Farms we place a high priority on what we feed our cattle. We believe that what we feed our girls directly affects the quality of the milk they produce.

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Jul 17 2014

What are the benefits to drinking raw milk?

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Raw milk is a unique, complete food. Raw milk contains all essential enzymes, whereas less than 10% remain in pasteurized milk. Often, people who would consider themselves "Lactose Intolerant" are able to enjoy raw milk because it contains "lactase." Lactase is one of the enzymes that is destroyed during the pasteurization process. This peculiar enzyme helps with pre-digestion of the milk in your stomach. This means that your body can more readily utilize all the nutrients available in raw milk. Protein is 100% available as well as all 22 amino acids, including 8 that are essential. All 18 fatty acids are metabolically available; Vitamins are 100% available, whereas in milk that is pasteurized they are significantly altered. Minerals are all 100% metabolically available. Calcium is altered by heat during pasteurization and the loss can be as much as 50% or more.

Is Raw milk dangerous?

No food is 100% safe. Raw milk is no more, or less, dangerous than any other unprocessed food. The potential pathogens that may occur in raw milk are the same as those which can occur in other foods such as leafy green produce, beef, chicken, pork, seafood, as well as pasteurized and processed dairy products. There is nothing about raw milk that would make it more or less likely to contain these organisms.

Fond du Lac Farms is licensed by the State of Arizona to produce Grade A Raw milk for consumption. We are regularly inspected by the Arizona Department of Agriculture for milk quality, cleanliness, and pathogens. We feel this partnership helps to ensure a clean, quality and healthy product.

When asked whether unpasteurized milk is safe for human consumption during a California Supreme Court hearing, Dr. Beals, a board certified pathologist, responded with the following: “my opinion is that it is, and historically it’s been shown clearly that it is. Pasteurization was only introduced in about 1900. And the history of human consumption of milk goes well back before recorded history. And, as a matter of fact, in recorded history we know that the domestication of animals for the purpose of providing fluid milk for human consumption is present in almost all civilizations around the world. And recorded history and historians have well documented the fact that this consumption of milk was in fact very advantageous to civilization. If a food is unsafe for consumption, it is very quickly eliminated from the diet of cultures. And in fact history shows that the consumption of milk from domestic animals has persisted throughout history, and on the basis of that, I don't believe that there's any argument but that the consumption of fresh milk is in fact safe, confers competitive advantage to those that drink it."

How long will Raw milk last?

Raw milk should last approximately two weeks. Raw milk is a perishable food. However, this doesn't mean it will sour quickly. Instead, it changes and degrades quickly. Even if it does not sour, after a couple weeks the cream will become very thick and will not mix back together with the nonfat. The vitamins will degrade along with the enzymes which will change consistency and flavor. Raw milk is best when consumed within the first week. Just like with any other raw product, FRESH IS BEST!!!!

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