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  •  We had a local dairy (5+ / 0-)

    whose herd was all Jerseys. I was completely addicted to their products, but they couldn't keep it going. It was couple of years ago, and I still miss them.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 11:21:07 AM PDT

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    •  that IS sad (4+ / 0-)

      did you know that the Rockefellers are working to start up an organic dairy in NY? Think it's like 2 hrs from NYC. And it'll be good milk, whatever it is, once they get it going.

      •  I have access to (3+ / 0-)

        very good dairy products, Ronnybrook (which are uncertified but organic in practice), but the difference is that their herd is Holsteins. When I first tasted Jersey cow milk, I was astonished at its richness. The skim milk tasted like whole, the whole like heavy cream, and the cream was nearly solid coming out of the bottle. But what makes it so good is also what made their business fail: Jerseys have a much higher milk solids content, and a much lower yield, than Holsteins.

        I was willing to pay whatever they asked (and they weren't asking a lot, for organic milk), but they never tried raising their prices - one week they were just gone. I ended up recycling my last glass bottle, because seeing their logo on it just made me sad.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 12:33:38 PM PDT

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        •  it's a tough time for dairy farmers (1+ / 0-)
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          The one thing about the Rockefeller effort is that they won't go under for lack of money. I don't know what breed of cows - I can find out - or when they will be large enough to really supply a lot of milk. But my guess is that it will be some amazing breed like Guernsey and that they'll sell the milk raw, which means - with current state regs - you'd have to actually go to the farm to buy it.

          As for Jersey vs. Holstein, I read a good book recently that says that Holstein milk is practically watered down inside the cow. Guernseys are larger than Jerseys, smaller than Holsteins, and they give rich milk. As for Jersey's lower yield, it's also a smaller animal, and probably eating fewer calories. I wrote a piece recently about how we've bred animals to ridiculousness (here: http://www.alternet.org/... ) but I based a lot of my info about cows on this great book I read called Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages.

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