What is raw milk?
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.
What is pasteurization?
Pasteurization is the process in which milk is heated to a certain temperature for a certain period of time. This process is done to kill the disease-causing bacteria that may be present in the milk.
What is homogenization?
Homogenization is the process in which the cream (fat) is broken down into tiny particles that will evenly distribute through the milk. This is done by forcing the milk through tiny holes. In milk’s natural state, cream will rise to the top if left undisturbed. Homogenization prevents this process from occurring.
What is the difference between our pasteurized cheese and our raw cheese?
Pasteurized cheese uses milk that has been heated to at least 145′ for at least 30 minutes, also known as vat pasteurization. Under federal law, raw milk cheese must be aged 60 days before it can be sold. Raw cheeses will taste different, as they have a bolder flavor and creamier texture.
Why do you not sell raw milk mozzarella or curds?
Raw milk cheeses must be aged a minimum of sixty days before being sold. Curds and mozzarella are both considered fresh cheeses, and as a result, need to be sold at a very young age to maintain the flavor quality. Aging these types of cheeses sixty days would affect their flavor and would not stay true to the varieties’ characteristics.
Can your raw milk be purchased at a different location other than your on farm store?
Under Oklahoma law, raw milk can only be purchased at the farm where it is produced.
Do you deliver your raw milk?
Under Oklahoma law, raw milk may not be delivered to purchaser and must be purchased at the farm where it is produced.
Is your dairy certified organic?
We are not certified organic. Unfortunately, purchasing certified organic feed would nearly triple our monthly feed bill, and as a result, we would need to triple the cost of our milk. Our mission is to provide nutritious raw milk to everyone, not only to those who can afford to spend a hefty sum on a gallon of milk. So, we have made the decision to not be certified organic.
Are your cows grass fed?
Our cattle have free range over 100 acres at any given time, minus the time spent in the holding lot waiting to be milked. We have two separate pastures, the “morning” and “evening” pasture. Each time the herd is brought up to be milked, they return to the opposite pasture from which they came from. This dual pasture system provides optimal time for new grass growth. The cows also receive free choice hay in both pastures.
Do your cows receive grain?
We do feed grain in our milking barn. This makes milking time extremely enjoyable for the cows and keeps them occupied while we milk them. Our grain is extremely nutritious for our cows and has a big role in maintaining the wellness of our herd. Producing milk is a hefty energy expenditure for our cows, and adding grain to their diet ensures our cows maintain a healthy weight and receive the proper nutrients. Our feed contains ground corn, wheat mids, soybean meal, cottonseed meal, soybean hulls, vitamins and minerals.
Is your grain GMO free?
We do not feed GMO free feed due to price reasons.
Do your cattle graze on pastures that have been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides?
Our cattle graze on pastures that have not been treated with pesticides or herbicides. We do spread our liquid manure on our pastures as it is a fantastic and natural way to fertilize our fields. We also provide routine mowing to our pastures for weed control.
What breed of cows do you milk?
We milk Brown Swiss, Jerseys, Holsteins and crosses of all three breeds.
Do you use antibiotics on your cows?
Just like humans, cows get sick. When cows get sick, we use antibiotics if the situation calls for the need to use antibiotic treatment. We use antibiotics under strict FDA guidelines and under the supervision of our veterinarians. When we use antibiotics, we follow what is called a milk and meat withdrawal time. During this time, it is illegal for us (or any dairy farmer or rancher) to sell milk from or slaughter an animal and use its products for consumption. By law, any milk or meat you buy must not contain antibiotics. In addition to strictly following withdrawal times, we also test the milk of each cow treated with antibiotics before her milk is allowed into the bulk tank and our milk is tested by Oklahoma Department of Agriculture along with our USDA inspector for the presence of antibiotics. Antibiotics can mean the difference of life and death for a cow. To simply deny a cow proper medical treatment in order to avoid using antibiotics when antibiotics are clearly needed is incredibly cruel and inhumane. We encourage people to do their research and avoid producers who follow this mentality.
Are your cows A1 or A2?
At this time, we do not perform the genetic testing to determine the A1/A2 type of our cows. However, we are currently selecting bulls who carry the A2 gene.
Do you give tours?
We do give tours of our farm to the public. The 2016 tour schedule is now full, but we will have more tour dates available this coming spring 2017. If you were unable to schedule a tour this year, we still encourage you to stop by the farm. The picture windows within our milking parlor allow visitors to watch as our cows are being milked. Swan Bros. Dairy, Inc. was built to be enjoyed by our customers. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Please call to schedule a tour in 2017. We wish to provide our tour attendees a family friendly and educational experience while on our farm.
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