Clover Meadows Family Farm
Our small family farm is located within the beautiful rolling meadows of Marathon County, Wisconsin, just east of Athens. We manage and care for a small herd of dairy cattle that are A1 beta-casein free. This helps our family to focus on creating quality milk products for our customer friends. Our family works together in this endeavor.
Our cows are 100% naturally grassfed (No certification). They graze green pasture during the growing season and quality grass hay through the winter. All of our feed is biodynamic.
Good husbandry is a priority for us. Our cattle is always given access to the outdoors and shelter, if needed. We try to respectfully care for them in a humane way with the “Golden Rule for Cows” in mind. “Do unto cows as you would have others do unto you, if you were a cow.” We do not give our cattle any antibiotics or synthetic hormones. They maintain good health with nutritious food, fresh air and sunshine, and natural herbal treatments, if necessary.
A1 Beta-Casein Free
All cattle consists of genetic property that determines the type of beta-casein protein they produce in their milk. Most modern dairy cows in America produce A1 beta-casein proteins. The original milk protein is called A2 and found mostly in heritage breeds. Scientists have determined that A1 beta casein, at position 67, can break down in our stomachs to produce a casamorphin called BCM7. This is a powerful opioid with narcotic properties. Scientists have linked A1 beta casein in milk to heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism, schizophrenia, some milk intolerance and autoimmune diseases. A2 beta-casein proteins have been determined to not produce BCM7. Because of this, New Zealand now requires all commercial bulls used for breeding to be A2. Our cows have all been genetically tested by a certified lab and confirmed that they only produce A2 beta-casein proteins in their milk.
100% Naturally Grassfed
People everywhere are becoming aware of the benefits of grassfed meats and airy products. Scientists have concluded that whole milk from 100% grassfed cows is significantly higher in vitamins A, D and K2 beta carotene and omega 3 fatty acids (the healthy fat). Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found to be up to five times higher. Studies have shown these to have anti-cancer effects and many other health benefits. Confinement cows and even pastured cows, when fed grain have these benefits reduced. By combining fresh air and sunshine with the quality grass our cattle graze, you can enjoy our healthy, nutritious milk products.
“Of or relating to a systme of farming that uses only organic materials for fertilizing and soil conditioning” – Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary
All of the feed for our cattle is produce in a natural sustainable way. We do not use any pesticides or herbicides on our grasses. This has been certified by an independent lab. We also do not use GMO seed for our pastures and hay. Natural fertilizers, such as ground fish, are used to produce healthy plant growth. This is the same way Squanto taught the Pilgrims in the colonial days. With biodynamic grass farming and natural animal care, our milk should be free of any harmful chemicals.
Most diary plants flash-pasteurize their milk with high temperatures. Many milk companies, even organic ones, ultra-pasteurize their milk to 280 degrees F. This creates a tremendous shelf life, but seems to destroy much of the good in the milk. We use old-fashioned methods of low-temperature batch pasteurization so that we can sell you milk that is fresh, real and clean possible.
Unlike most other milk products sold, our milk is not homogenized. We have chosen not to alter the milk with homogenization and keep it the way it was intended to be. We hope you enjoy your milk the old-fashioned way where the cream rises to the top.
Our milk is pasteurized and bottled right on the farm soon after it is produced. We work hard to implement clean and sanitary practices throughout our farm and bottling facility. Clean, fresh, natural – what more could you want?
Products We Sell:
Yogurt and milk.
Who Do We Support:
15 healthy cows, the Zaiger family; 4 children