Along with the scientific and experiential fact that raw milk is an excellent health food for my family, I’ve also been using raw milk (JERSEY GIRLS dairy in Winnsboro Texas) to supplement our pig’s all-natural diet (“Cochon de lait cru”.) The cow is a ruminant animal, and as such converters grasses and fobs into a healthy meat and milk. Paris Reidhead in an exhaustive article titled CLA’s and Omega 3’s: Pastured Health Benefits Passed to Humans confirms and states succinctly what I (and our customers) have experienced over the last several years.
Milk from Grass Fed Cows has Hidden Benefits
Until recently, all of the experiments demonstrating the cancer – fighting properties of CLA have used SYNTHETIC CLA. To see whether the CLA that occurs naturally in cow’s milk has similar cancer – fighting properties, researchers recently compared the two. They fed one group of rats butter that was high in CLA (from raw cow’s milk) and fed another group of rats an equivalent amount of synthetic CLA. As one would expect, the natural CLA proved to be just as effective in blocking tumor growth as the man – made variety. (In both cases, cancer yield was reduced by about 50%.)
However, the rats eating the butter accumulated even more CLA in their tissues than the rats fed an equivalent amount of synthetic CLA. Researchers believe that the rats were converting another “good” fat found in the butter, trans-vaccenic acid or TVA, into CLA, providing a second helping of this cancer fighting fat.
So, here at Falster Farm, along with raising our pigs out in the pasture (I mean grass and clover fields – not a dirt lot) we also feed them grass fed raw dairy: milk, cheeses, whey, and yogurt, all of which is naturally rich in CLA’s and Omega 3’s plus other nutrients like lycine which pigs need as well as Vitamin A ( which only comes from animal sources by the way). We feed only Non-Soy, Non-GMO, Non-Medicated feed, rather, we feed all-natural peanut/forage based feed from TEXAS NATURAL FEED.
Traditionally pork raised in this manner by the French and Italian all-natural farmers is called “Cochon de lait cru” and stands alone from most other pork on the market in terms of delicate taste and supreme nutritional and health value.
Here we see one of Falster’s Red Wattle Sows with her Cochon de lait cru piglets coming in from the pastures to feed on raw dairy we collect from Jersey Girls dairy twice a week. The ducks along with the guineas hens are companions that eat up the insects and any other pest or parasite on the place. The pigs reciprocate by keeping the raccoon, possum and coyote bay.
As our many farm visitors attest, it’s a lovely and fascinating site to see the interaction of all the different species of animals. Because of this working relationship there are no flies to speak of and no smell of fecal matter or urine. The soil borne biological creatures literally consume the waste, converting it into rich beneficial humic-matter.
Over the Summer of 2013 we had 5 Interns from different parts of France it was a pleasant surprise to learn that what I thought was a new, if not novel idea of my grandmothers feeding her pigs milk was a gourmet practice in certain parts of France and Italy.
In our opinion, this division of our farm is the very epitome of a sustainable agriculture.