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Does anybody know if the milk at Stewarts contains artificial growth hormones (rBGH) and how it's pasteurized (at what temp and for how long)? It's the cheapest milk around, and it's local, and they claim it's the freshest you can get. I know they check every batch to make sure there are no traces of antibiotics, which is great, but it still doesn't answer my other two questions. I can't get their customer service people to email me back. Thanks to anybody who knows!
 

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No idea, but I do love Stewart's milk.<br><br>
Have you tried calling the headquarters?<br>
581-1200<br><br>
Oooh, even better - here's the number to their Dairy Plant!<br>
581-1300<br><br>
Tell us what you find out.
 

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Thanks so much for that second phone number! That was it! I'd tried calling their regular customer service before, and left a message, and nobody ever called me back, but at the dairy I got to talk to a real person who knew exactly what was up! He says he can't tell me exactly what temperature or for how long the milk is pasteurized, but he said for flavor reasons that they do it at a "low temperature with a long holding time", because higher temperatures give the milk a "cooked" taste, so I confirmed that they definitely do not ultra-pasteurize. He also said they keep the plant running every day, unlike most plants that shut down, which is somehow better for the milk, although he didn't say why.<br><br>
Then I asked him about artificial hormones. He said that all milk has hormones in it (which is right, since all mammals' milk has hormones), and he said that since there is no way to test for artificial hormones in the milk, they don't require their farmers not to use them, but to his knowledge, their farmers don't use them. And a friend of mine whose uncle is a supplier for Stewarts says she's sure that her uncle doesn't use artificial growth hormones. She also says that whenever a cow has to be put on antibiotics, they make that cow's milk flow to a separate location that goes to feed the cats, etc., for as long as that cow is on the antibiotics...so none of the antibiotic-containing milk goes to feed humans. The dairy man also said that unlike most other dairies, all of their suppliers are local farmers, so they know exactly where their milk is coming from.<br><br>
I'm satisfied. I'm going to start buying that stuff instead of the more expensive local Meadowbrook Farms stuff we've been buying in glass bottles from the Co-op in Albany. Although I love the Meadowbrook Farms stuff, Stewarts is much cheaper (@ $3.08/gallon w/milk club vs. $2.79/half gallon for Meadowbrook) and it's just around the corner from us, instead of a half-hour drive away!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She also says that whenever a cow has to be put on antibiotics, they make that cow's milk flow to a separate location that goes to feed the cats, etc., for as long as that cow is on the antibiotics...so none of the antibiotic-containing milk goes to feed humans.</div>
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Yes, we always did this with our cows when they were on any type of meds, or if we were "drying up" a heifer to breed her. We milked them separately, into a special pail that hooked up to the milking machines, then dumped the milk.<br><br>
The bovine version of "pump and dump". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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