What is farm fresh milk?
The farm fresh milk is never exposed to any form of antibiotics. If and ever, the cow producing milk, falls sick, it is taken away from the herd and given appropriate treatment. Even post the treatment, such a cow is kept away from the herd for a span of 12–24 months. This is done, in order to ensure that the effects of the antibiotics present in the body of the cow are nullified.
Moreover, the cows that produce the organic milk have access to only the pasture lands. Thirdly, the cows producing organic milk are never treated with the Bovine Growth hormone. This hormone, is usually given to the cow, to further the milk production. When the milk that is extracted from the cows exposed to BGH is given to human beings for consumption, it can lead to higher levels of insulin in the human body. This may pose the risk of cancer and even weight gain. The last factor stated by the Department of Agriculture is the feed of the cow. Thus, the cows that produce fresh and organic milk must be fed on the grass and the grains that are never treated with pesticides. After these 4 requirements are fulfilled, the milk can be labeled as organic!
In the present scenario, there are a number of milk brands in India. Each of them claims to be better than the rest. Strangely enough, some of these brands even claim to be selling country fresh milk. What is really important for you to know is that, there are many companies who only involve fake business practices to attract customers. Now, how can a customer or the consumer assess whether the milk is organic or not? To simplify the things for you, the Department of Agriculture has stated that there are 4 key requirements for the milk to be organic. If and only, all these 4 requirements are fulfilled, the milk is termed to be as a pure organic milk.
Now, you may wonder, why we are focusing so much on farm fresh milk. Because of the presence of the essential nutrients in milk! This milk is rich in essential nutrients such as proteins, minerals, vitamins, whey proteins, casein, fat, lactose and phospholipids. Lactose, also referred to as the milk sugar happens to the key carbohydrate content of the milk. Proteins present in the milk are also a great source of amino acids. Milk also contains a good portion of whey proteins. Lastly, the fat that is present in the cow’s milk is highly digestible and healthy for the human body.