Celebrating 7 Years Antibiotic-Free!

Over half the antibiotics used in the UK, are used in agriculture to treat animals whose products enter the food chain.

7 years ago, we decided to stop using antibiotics all together, instead allowing our herd to naturally build up their immunity and self-medicate on our herb rich pastures (see below for examples and their medicinal benefits). The cows immunity has built up over time, and passed on to the next generation and the next generation whose immune systems have naturally grown even stronger.

  We strongly believe that our cows are happier and healthier and we can 100% guarantee that when you drink our organic raw milk, that you are not consuming antibiotics.

Below is some information about various types of flowers and plants that are found in our meadows 🌱  

Butterbur

Butterbur is a herb which is used to treat the severity of migraines as well as the length of time they last. Hay fever that is caused by grass pollen can also be treated by use of Butterbur.

Celdandine

Celdandine is one of the first few flowers that appear after winter, providing a nectar source for pollinators emerging from hibernation. Celdandine leaves are also high in vitamin C.

Cow Parsley

 Cow Parsley is a plant which grows rapidly during the summer months. Similarly to Celdandine, it is important for pollinators, as well as being used in traditional medicines to treat stomach and kidney problems.

Garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular herbs in the world, mainly used in cooking to enhance flavour. Garlic has additional health benefits such as reducing high blood pressure and reducing levels of cholesterol.

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell is a low growing plant, usually found between March and July. It is often used in herbal tea cough remedies.

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy is low plant which flowers between March and May. It is a member of the mint family with a bitter aftertaste, with it once being used as an agent to bitten beer.

Hedge Mustard

Hedge Mustard is a tall plant found between May October. The leaves are used in herbal medicines to treat ailments such as a sore throat.

Primrose

Primrose is a small plant, usually being one of the first that flower around Spring. The flowers provide an important nectar source for butterflies.

Water Avens

Water Avens is a plant found in damp areas around the months between May and September. Parts of the plant are used in herbal medicine, with bees also commonly using this plant too.

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry Plants produce small versions of the Strawberries we eat. The Strawberries that are found on this plant have medicinal qualities such as controlling diabetes, and helping to detoxify the body.

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How to make Kefir

What is Kefir? 

Kefir is a fermented, cultured milk drink that originates from Eastern Europe / Western Asia. It is quite tart and has a sour taste – similar to yogurt. The ferentation process leaves you with carbon dioxide, which can add a slight fizz to the Kefir. Kefir is rich in probiotic bacteria (good bacteria) and is an excellent source of calcium.

Benefits of Kefir? 

  • Improves Digestive Health
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Fights Harmful Bacteria
  • Fights Cancer
  • Increases Bone Density
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Helps Detox

How to make Kefir? 

What you will need:

  • A glass jar
  • A breathable cover for the glass jar such as a towel, kitchen roll or a paper cup filter
  • A band to secure the cover on the jar
  • A non-metal stirring utensil
  • A fine mesh plastic strainer in order to remove the grains from the finished Kefir

Ingredients:

  • Cow Milk (we recommend our organic raw milk)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of active Milk Kefir Grains

Instructions to make Kefir:

  1. Transfer the active kefir grains into up to 4 cups of fresh milk.
  2. Cover with a coffee filter or tea towel secured by a rubber band or jar ring.
  3. Place in a warm spot, 20-30°c, to culture.
  4. Culture until milk is slightly thickened and aroma is pleasant. This generally takes 24 hours, but can take less time in warmer temperatures, so keep an eye on your grains.
  5. After the milk changes texture and culturing is complete, separate the kefir grains from the finished kefir.
  6. Place the kefir grains in a new batch of milk.
  7. Store the finished kefir in the fridge.

Some tips:

  • As your grains grow in size, it may be possible to remove them by hand. Make sure your hands are clean but make sure not to use anti-bacterial soap so you don’t contaminate the culture.
  • If your Kefir isn’t too thick, you may opt to strain the grains instead.
  • Your Kefir may curd if it gets too thick, making it difficult to strain. Try using a silicone spatula or plastic spoon to help the Kefir through the strainer in this case.

 

Gazegill Organics Paleo Diet Box

Contents:

2 x 7oz Organic Ribeye Steaks

400g Organic Steak Mince

400g Organic Steak Diced

2 x Organic Pork Chops

Half Organic Leg of Lamb

6 Organic Paleo Sausage (Pork, Salt, Pepper only)

Organic Avocado Oil

Organic Brazil Nuts

Organic Nuts

Price

£69.99

 

Followers of a Paleo Diet aim to eat as naturally as possible, going truly back to basics, eating like our ancestors did, avoiding processed foods, sugars and grains and focusing instead on healthy whole foods.

The Paleo Diet is increasingly popular as a basis for people who understand the many Benefits of Eating 100% Grass Fed Meat (higher in vitamins and minerals, Omega-3, Helps fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease).

Many followers of the Paleo way of eating don’t do it to lose weight, but to address digestive and inflammatory health issues. The natural fats from our 100% Grass Fed Meat & Milk promote gut health and the elimination of refined sugar and processed foods often leads to some weight loss.

100% Grass Fed Organic Meat is a corner stone of the Paleo Diet so we have put together Gazegill Organics Paleo Box containing a great mix of grass fed meats, nuts, and oils. We have even made a special Paleo Sausage for this Box which contains 99% pork and just salt and pepper seasoning.  Coming soon our Orgnaic Paleo Meatballs and Burgers!

What to Eat on a Paleo Diet:

  • 100% Pasture Fed Organic Beef, Lamb, Pork Chicken
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Herbs & Spices
  • Olive Oil, Walnut & Avocado Oil
  • Fruit & Green Veg

What Not to Eat on a Paleo Diet

  • Refined Sugar
  • Processed Foods
  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes
  • Refined Veg oils
  • Some Paleo diets also exclude Dairy, Salt, Potatoes and Root Veg

What to Drink

Water is the go to drink.

Sensible Indulgences!

Tea, Coffee and Red Wine aren’t exactly Paleo but if you need them (which I do!) go for the best quality you can.  Tea can be very healthy loaded with anti oxidants, green tea is best and coffee is actually very high in antioxidants aswell. Red wine is perfectly fine in small amounts as it is also high in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients too. Dark chocolate 70%+ cocoa is also very nutritious.

So if you already follow the Paleo way of eating or thinking of giving it a try, a great value quality supply of 100% Grass Fed Organic Meat is our Organic Paleo Box . The principal makes sense, “this is more in tune with how our bodies evolved and how we fuelled ourselves over centuries……….”so that is why our ancestors had low rates of ‘lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Hyacinth aged 19 Calves Again! – Why Low intensity Farming Brings Health Benefits

An average dairy cow finishes her production at age 6, yet Gazegill Organics have several members of our organic shorthorn dairy herd who are happy, healthy and producing calves and milk in their late teens.

Below we show some statistics comparing conventional production versus our low intensity farming to demonstrate why nature is always best.

CONVENTIONAL COW: 

  • Cow calves at Age 2 (this means they are pregnant at age 1 when they have not finished growing)
  • Fed rich diet – lots of protein + sugar
  • Calve every 11 months
  • 1 lactation is 9 months
  • Yield expectation is 12,000 kilos of milk in 9 month lactation
  • Artificially inseminated so calve at correct time
  • Average Age of Cow when laid off – 6 years

 

GAZEGILL COW: 

  • Cow calves at age 3
  • Calve every 18 months up to the individual cow
  • Fed only grass and hay from species rich pasture, no protein, 100% natural
  • 1 lactation is 14 months
  • Yield expectation is 4,500 kilos of milk in 14 month lactation
  • Served by Gazegill’s bull “Max”
  • Many Gazegill cows are still very healthy and happy calving at more than 3 times this age – meet Hyacinth aged 19!
Hyacinth the Cow

 

Our cows live longer because our farm and dairy system is the same as when Emma’s parents and grandparents ran the farm 50 and 100 years ago – feed cows natural food (100% grass and hay) and milk them at their own pace, and they will live longer!

Hyacinth and her Calf in the milking parlour

Our milk line has been antibiotic free for 6 years. So whilst organic systems allow the use of some antibiotics, Gazegill made the decision that our cows don’t need them – they have built up an immunity and self-medicate on the organic herbs in our pastures. This means that aswell as our organic raw milk being full of pro-biotics, vitamins and omega, we can guarantee it contains NO gmo’s, pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics.

HEALTHY SOIL.… HEALTHY PASTURES…. HEALTHY COWS…. HEALTHY MILK…. HEALTHY YOU!

 

Max the Bull 

 

The Benefits of Organic Raw Milk

Some people are drinking Organic Raw Milk because it is nutrient-rich and full of probiotics, some because of its superior taste, some are concerned about things like antibiotics, GMOs, pesticides and hormones in their food, whereas for others it is about a rejection of mass food production.

​​​​​​​We decided to do some research and find out what is motivating a growing army of people to drink Organic unpasturised, unhomogenised milk.
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Here is what we found out:

1The Taste is Spectacular – Smooth, silky, unctuous. Sweet almost, but not in the least rich.

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Celebrating 6 Years Antibiotic Free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over half the antibiotics used in the UK, are used in agriculture to treat animals whose products enter the food chain.

6 years ago Gazegill decided to stop using antibiotics all together, instead allowing our herd to naturally build up their immunity and self-medicate on our herb rich pastures.  This immunity has passed on to the next generation and the next generation whose immune systems have naturally grown even stronger.

Continue reading “Celebrating 6 Years Antibiotic Free!”