Guernsey cows are simply amazing, and the milk they provide us is equally amazing. Their milk is naturally higher in many nutrients and it has a different casein protein (A2) which means more people can enjoy dairy.
I have seen firsthand, a clinically significant difference between Eby Manor’s milk and regular store bought milk. A good many of my patients have been able to tolerate this Guernsey milk regardless of their long term history of dairy sensitivity. This milks make up has a medically relevant difference in its protein content. The casein protein is of the A2 type instead of A1. It is this distinction that has allowed many of my patients to enjoy milk on their cereals once again!
Dr. Charron ND -Naturopathic Doctor.
What’s a Guernsey?
The Guernsey is a medium size dairy cow that can weigh between 550 and 700 kg.
Her fawn and white coat helps her tolerate and reduce heat stress, helping her adapt to various climates.
She has a docile temperament, making Guernseys a pleasure to work with.
She efficiently converts feed to milk. She requires less feed than larger breeds and converts that feed into more protein per unit of body weight.
Her milk is high in milk solids and is high in Beta Carotene, giving it the distinctive golden colour that led to her nickname…the Golden Guernsey.
According to the World Guernsey Cattle Federation, “Guernsey milk contains 12% more protein, 30% more cream, 33% more vitamin D, 25% more vitamin A and 15% more calcium than average milk.”
What is the Journey from Farm to Table
Eby Manor Guernseys are milked twice per day, once starting at 5 a.m. and again at 4 p.m.
An automated milking machine is placed on each of the cow’s four sanitized teats and creates a gentle milking action that draws the milk from the cow’s udder and into the machine.Eby Manor delivery truck The milk then travels through stainless steel pipes that are sanitized twice a day and into the temperature-controlled cooler to await pickup. The milk truck then takes the milk to the dairy where it’s pasteurized and poured into classic glass bottles. The filled bottles then travel by refrigerated truck to a retailer near you, where it’s transferred to their
Do Guernseys have higher levels of beta-carotene because of their diet?
No. The Guernsey cows are not fed any special diet to increase the levels of beta-carotene.
Guernsey milk is naturally higher in beta-carotene
Guernseys do not metabolize beta-carotene like other cows do, so the beta-carotene that’s in their regular diet passes to their milk rather than being used by the cow.
Is Eby Manor Golden Guernsey milk GMO free?
Our cows have a GMO-free diet. We grow non-GMO crops and source only non-GMO nutrition from our local feed mill.
Does Eby Manor Golden Guernsey milk have hormone additives in it?
No. We do not use hormone additives or treatments to promote growth or milk production.
Our concern is for the health of our cows and the quality of the milk they produce.
Does Eby Manor Golden Guernsey milk have antibiotics in it?
No. Antibiotics are used only when absolutely necessary to treat an infection or serious illness.
When a cow is ill enough require antibiotics, they are used to ensure humane treatment and improve the health of the cow. Very strict protocols are followed after any animal has been treated and records are maintained following the treatment.
All milk from treated animals is discarded until the milk is free of antibiotic residue.
What do Eby Manor Guernseys eat?
When the weather is comfortable for them, our cows are let outside for morning sunshine, exercise and grazing.
As this is not enough to sustain them, they are fed a high forage ration consisting of hay and corn silage (whole corn plant chopped) supplemented with grain corn for energy and soybean meal for protein. Minerals are also added to the ration to create a complete and balanced feeding program.
Our feed program is designed for producing milk with high nutrient quality rather than a focus on producing high volumes of milk
Where Did Guernseys Come From?
Although the origin of the Guernsey breed cannot be verified for certain, the most commonly held belief is that purebred Guernseys trace their ancestry back more than 1,000 years to the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel off the coast of France. It is said that monks, who had brought to the island the best bloodlines of French cattle – the Froment du Leon from Brittany and the Norman Brindle, also known as Alderneys – crossed these breeds to create the Guernsey. In the early 1,800s, the Island of Guernsey imposed some restrictions on the importation of other cattle to the island in order to help keep the breed pure, and by the end of that century, it was mandatory to register all cattle on the island.
Though some of the details of the origins of Guernseys cannot be proven concretely, this much is for certain…the breed was first established on the Island of Guernsey and since the late 1800s the breed has constantly been improved and purity has been maintained.
The arrival of the first Guernseys to Canada was not planned for. When a ship carrying some Guernseys was crossing the Atlantic to New England when it sailed into rough seas, it had to dock in Nova Scotia. Upon seeing Guernseys for the first time, the Nova Scotians were so interested in the easy tempered cattle that they asked the Federal minister of Agriculture to officially import some. So in 1878, Guernseys make their first official landing in Canada, imported by Sir John Abbot, who shortly therafter became Prime Minister of Canada in 1891. Over time, the popularity of the breed grew in the Maritimes, and herds were formed throughout the country as far as the western coast.
What is Our Milk Jug Logo?
The milk jug in our logo is symbolic of a long and proud tradition of Guernsey quality.
The jug is a relic of Norman ancestry. It travelled from Normandy to the island that is now known as Guernsey in 980 AD along with the original cattle that were the predecessors of the Guernsey breed.
Throughout history, it has been fashioned from copper, tin, brass and bronze. Regardless of the material, the jug held the maximum capacity of milk with minimum expenditure of metal, and the shape allowed ease of pouring the milk without spilling. The Guernsey measure, called a “pot,” holds four pints.
These jugs are still crafted by hand on the Island of Guernsey today by talented silversmiths. Golden Guernsey milk jugs have at times been gifted by the island to British royalty.
Why does Eby Manor pasteurized?
Canadian dairy product regulations require that all milk sold for public consumption be pasteurized. In compliance with these laws, Eby Manor Golden Guernsey milk is carefully pasteurized at the lowest allowable temperature to ensure minimal processing and maximum goodness.