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Is Claravale really THAT nutritous? Questions of the hue.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2012 at 5:39 AM

I've been basking in Claravale milk (and to a lesser extent Organic Pastures) for the better part of 8 months and can positively say I have not noticed a marked improvement (or deterioration) in my health.

But what concerns me is coming across this link from Larga Vista Ranch in Colorado: http://www.largavistaranch.com/grass-fed-dairy-cow.php. WOW! HOLY MOLLY. How beautiful is that milk?! They use irrigation and their feeding and milking methods are somewhat different than that those described by the CA raw dairy farms. Their emphasis is to make the milk as nutritious as possible by feeding the cows rapidly growing grass (ala the observations of a certain renowned dentist).

So my question is: is it even worth to continue this ghostly-white and expensive CA stuff? Is the beautiful orange hue a viable indicator, like butter, of milk's nutrition density?

Your thoughts are all welcomed! Thanks.

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On the other side of the country, otherwise I'd give you my farmer's number! That is kind of weird, though. Huh. Maybe you could shoot them an email and ask?

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at 08:41 AM

Blossom1, Thanks for your input. Claravale uses jersey cows too, so now I know jerseys are at least capable of turning out golden colored milk. I started their milk in January and I personally haven't noticed a change in color since. I believe in January they should have been feeding on very green grass mostly and by now they would be eating Hay mostly that is dry on the outside but green mostly. But it's still ghostly white to me, regardless. What a head scratcher! Maybe august-december is a different story. If you live in CA, would you mind telling me where you buy your milk? Thank you.

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Additionally, my husband informed me that milk color will also vary from breed to breed, and whether the cow is just at the start or end of milk production. Apparently yellow is a sign of carotenoid content. I do recall reading somewhere that Organic Pastures was using Holsteins, among others. Not sure about Claravale.

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My apologies, the correct link is here: http://www.largavistaranch.com/grain-fed-vs-larga-vista-ranch-grass-fed-raw-milk.php Holy Moly*

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The raw cream (and milk, occasionally) that I buy from a small local farmer with Jersey cows is definitely more like the color of the Larga Vista stuff you linked to above. He does all grass feeding with the exception of a grain treat at milking. I know that the color is the most intense during the spring and summer, when there is fresh pasture to graze on.

Edited to add: if you tolerate it well, yes, it's nutritious...but not necessary.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 28, 2012
at 06:07 AM

Additionally, my husband informed me that milk color will also vary from breed to breed, and whether the cow is just at the start or end of milk production. Apparently yellow is a sign of carotenoid content. I do recall reading somewhere that Organic Pastures was using Holsteins, among others. Not sure about Claravale.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 29, 2012
at 02:41 AM

On the other side of the country, otherwise I'd give you my farmer's number! That is kind of weird, though. Huh. Maybe you could shoot them an email and ask?

B48097ad86dd96637da6d49b88af12c4

(15)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:41 AM

Blossom1, Thanks for your input. Claravale uses jersey cows too, so now I know jerseys are at least capable of turning out golden colored milk. I started their milk in January and I personally haven't noticed a change in color since. I believe in January they should have been feeding on very green grass mostly and by now they would be eating Hay mostly that is dry on the outside but green mostly. But it's still ghostly white to me, regardless. What a head scratcher! Maybe august-december is a different story. If you live in CA, would you mind telling me where you buy your milk? Thank you.

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