Do you give rBST or any other growth hormones to any of your animals?
No, we do not give any growth hormones to any of our animals.
Do you use antibiotics?
Very rarely one of our cows will get sick with, for example, mastitis. It is important to us that our cows are healthy and comfortable for their own sake, as well as to provide the highest quality milk for our products. For these reasons, we do occasionally administer antibiotics to a cow, but we DO NOT use her milk while she is on the antibiotic or for a period of time after. By law, every batch of milk that we bottle must be tested for antibiotics. This ensures that no antibiotics are passed into the food chain.
Why does Kilgus Farmstead milk taste different than other milk brands found in the supermarket?
Our milk stands out because (a) it comes from Jersey cows; (b) it comes from pasture-fed cows, and (c) it is non-homogenized. Many people comment that our milk tastes richer than supermarket milk. We think that it tastes amazing, and hope that you will agree!
Is Kilgus Farmstead milk raw?
No, Kilgus milk is pasteurized according to Illinois food safety laws. Pasteurization heats the milk to a required temperature for a few seconds to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present in the milk. At Kilgus Farmstead we heat the milk to 163°F and hold it at that temperature for 15 seconds.
I’m concerned that Kilgus Farmstead products are not organic. Aren’t organic products better for my family than non-organic?
When you drink our milk, you know that it is as wholesome and fresh as milk can be! In the spring, summer, and fall, our cows are free to roam our lush green pastures, grazing on rich green grasses. Our milk is bottled on-site in the Kilgus Farmstead creamery. We do not bring in milk from other dairies. Our all-Jersey milk is non-homogenized and delivered to our retailers within 1-2 days. We invite all consumers, retailers, and restaurateurs to tour our farm, see our farming practices, and judge for themselves how we treat both our land and our animals.
Why are Kilgus milk and heavy cream slightly yellow instead of white in the spring?
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. This nutritious diet of fresh green grass gives the milk and creams a distinctly yellow tint.
What do the milking 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 simply given a greater ration of that non-GMO corn and corn silage as well as alfalfa hay and grass hay that we also grow ourselves.
What varieties of meat are available through Kilgus Farmstead?
We raise all of our own Jersey beef, Berkshire pork, and Boer goat meats. We also work with local producers of chicken, Cornish Game hen, turkey, lamb, and rabbit to distribute their products wholesale. Please contact us for pricing and availability.
What do you feed the animals that are raised for meat?
Our steers are fed non-GMO corn silage grown on Kilgus Farmstead. Our pigs and goats are fed non-GMO corn that we also raise ourselves.