Do you use rBST or any other growth hormones on your cows?
No, we do not use any growth hormones such as rBST on any of our cattle.
Do use use antibiotics?
Yes, Very rarely a cow gets sick, such as mastitis. We feel to provide the best milk from the healthiest cows we need to get the cows feeling better. We do give the cow antibiotics, but DO NOT use her milk while she is on the antibiotic and for a period of time after. By law, every batch of milk that we bottle has to be tested for antibiotics. This ensures that no antibiotics pass into the food chain.
Why does Kilgus Farmstead milk tastes different than supermarket milk?
Our milk is different because (a) it’s from Jersey cows; (b) is non-homogenized; and (c) comes from pasture-fed cows. Most people comment that it’s richer than supermarket milk. We think that it tastes great, and hope that you will agree.
There is a lot of news about raw milk in the news. Is Kilgus Milk raw?
No, Kilgus milk is pasteurized according to Illinois food safety laws. Pasteurization heats the milk to a certain temperature for a few seconds to kill harmful bacteria that may be present in the milk. At Kilgus Farmstead we heat the milk to 163 degree’s and hold it at that temperature for 15 seconds. All milk is tested after pasteurization.
I’m concerned that Kilgus Farmstead products are not organic. Aren’t organic products better for my family than non-organic?
For consumers in the state of Illinois, when you drink our milk, you know that it comes from our cows that eat grass from our pastures during the spring, summer and fall, and that we bottle it on-site in our farmstead creamery. We do not bring in milk from other dairy’s. Our all-Jersey milk is non-homogenized, and delivered to our retailers within 1-2 days. We invite all consumers or retailers to come out to our farm and see our farming practices and judge for themselves how we treat both our land and our animals.
Why in the spring does Kilgus milk and heavy cream turn slightly yellow instead of white?
When our milk and cream turn yellow this can only mean one thing: Our cows are out eating those luscious spring grasses found in our pasture. The fresh green grass gives the milk and cream a very yellow tint.
What do the cows eat in the winter?
Generally from April until November our cows graze on lush green pasture. They are also given a supplement during this time of non-GMO corn and corn silage that we grow here on the farm. During the winter months they are just given a greater ration of that non-GMO corn and corn silage as well as alfalpha hay and grass hay that we grow.