Friday, November 19, 2010

A Trip to the Dairy

Just down the road is Country Girls Creamery, a family owned dairy

Twice a day the Smith family has to milk 85 head of cattle.
The cattle primarily eat grass, but are given feed 16-24 ounces of feed at each milking.

By law they must pasteurized the milk. This involves cooking the milk

for 30 minutes at 140 degrees.

The creamery also makes butter, yogurt, and cheese that is sold locally at the Turtle Creek Farmer's Market and at The Little Butcher Shop.

65% of the milk consumed is processed locally, the rest is shipped in from out of state.

Country Girls Creamery has natural, not organic milk. What that means is that they don't use hormones or antibiotics on their cattle, but the grain that they feed them twice daily comes from genetically modified corn. There is, however, an organic dairy in North MS.

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