Raw Milk Taste - Does the Breed of Cow Make a
If you have decided to switch from pasteurized milk to raw milk, that's great! But the next consideration is to
locate a source, and of course you will want to find out what kind of cows the farm has.
Will the breed of dairy cow make a difference or does all raw milk taste the same?
As you might have already guessed, yes, the breed of cow will make a difference. It is also important to note
what she is being fed, as this factors in too, but for the purpose of this article we are only going to talk about
differences in milk based on breed.
So what makes the difference? Well, amount of butterfat/cream is one thing but it is not at all the deciding
When we decided to get our first cow several years ago I went online and did a bit of research and came away
thinking I needed to buy a Jersey cow. So I began searching the classifieds and ended up not finding one but we did
find an Ayrshire which we bought.
We had to wait about 5 months for her to calve before we got any milk, and by that time I was totally convinced
I was going to have inferior milk because we did not purchase a Jersey. I was told the milk would not be as creamy
and just generally not as good.
So imagine my surprise when we tried the milk and it was amazingly good! Not only that but there was just as
much cream as the Jersey milk I had been buying, and it was sweeter too! In fact sometimes it was almost like
drinking ice cream it was so tasty. And it was very consistently good too, never varying.
Unfortunately we lost our Ayrshire cow a while back and we purchased a Brown Swiss. I chose the Swiss breed
based on research and I felt the milk would be similar to our Ayrshire milk (could not find another Ayrshire).
Lo and behold, I was right. The milk from our Brown Swiss is just as wonderful as the Ayrshire milk, and still
is sweeter than the Jersey milk.
Now, before all the people who love Jerseys come to stone me, I have nothing against the breed at all. They are
nice cows (mostly!) and their milk can be quite good. I just don't personally prefer it, that's all. I find the
milk of other breeds to be sweeter. The Jersey is still a great breed though and certainly a nice choice for a
That being said, we have now purchased a Guernsey cow and she'll be arriving in about a month. I am terribly
excited to try Guernsey milk as people rave about how great it is.
Bottom line - Yes it makes a difference what breed you buy your milk from, but in the end all raw milk (assuming
it is from a healthy cow) is much more healthy for you than store-bought pasteurized milk.
If you happen to live in Florida and are interested in trying raw milk for your pets, check out raw milk in Central Florida.