So just because no universities that we’ve heard of are undertaking such studies doesn’t mean they won’t be carried out by concerned citizens. In the story that follows, Michael Schmidt outlines Glencolton Farms’ latest foray into the realm of scientific research:
“In 1995 I offered the Milk Marketing Board, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health our farm as a research farm to explore together the effects of raw milk versus pasteurized milk.
Our first study in 1995 to 2006 was to produce milk safe for human consumption. It included years of baseline testing by an independent researcher for pathogens and also the absence of reported illnesses linked to our raw milk for 20 years.
Our second study started 4 weeks ago with 2 calves as you see them in the pictures.
They were born almost the same day, they received colostrum for two weeks and then were examined by a licensed veterinarian.
After his examination we changed the feeding to pasteurized homo milk for the one calf, which we call Mr. Pasteur.
The other calf we call Mr. Rawky and is fed only raw milk.
We are working together with some of our chefs in Toronto to also evaluate the meat and do blind tasting in the restaurant.
We will bring here on the Bovine updates on the progress of this feeding trial. We will have monthly evaluation reports written by our licensed veterinarian.
We also will have another research trial starting in January 2010 with 6 pairs of rats. Three pairs will be fed pasteurized milk and the other three raw milk. This research trial will be a multi- generational trial and we will invite our expert pathologist Dr Ted Beals from Michigan to examine all the animals in respect to organ development and appearance.
Both research trials are under the supervision of Elisa VanderHout B.Sc. (Agr) with a specialty in Animal Science.”
— Michael Schmidt