Milk, produced by female mammals before they give birth and during the period in which they nurse their young, contains all the ingredients necessary for the development of the newborn:
  • sufficient water, basic to all life
  • minerals, essential for the building of bones
  • various proteins and vitamins, necessary for the physical development of the young
  • fat and sugars, providing energy and strength. (Sheep’s milk contains more fat, but fewer sugars than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk has less fat than sheep’s and more than cow’s.).
The human being is a mammal as well, one that produces milk low in fat and rich in sugars - like that of the donkey (mere coincidence?!!).

The quality of each batch of milk depends upon the health and diet of the animal producing it. An animal poorly taken care of and ill-nourished will give milk deficient in nutrients. A sick animal, subjected to poor sanitary conditions, especially at milking, will provide a substance that is both harmful and deleterious to man. The conditions of its life (environment, physical health, cleanliness etc.) and the type of its food (fresh or dried, the quality of the water) have great influence on the milk produced. The animal grazing freely on meadowlands will give milk very different in quality from that of the one enclosed in a pen and fed dry fodder. Free-ranging on green pasture in the summer contributes to flavor which is more aromatic that the less palatable of the animal cooped up in a pen and given dry feed.

Many scientists prefer to search for ways to increase the yield of milk than to study the effect preservatives and other additives incorporated into the dry fodder might have on the subsequent taste of the milk. A scientist usually studies the material world, one that he can see and touch. Flavor is neither seen nor touched... The shepherd who makes his own cheese from his own milk says: “Whatever you give, you get back.” (i.e. the quality of the feed determines the quality of the milk.)

The flavor of milk does not depend only on what man can give the animal who produces it; it is affected by the environment in which the animal lives as well. The modern dairy farm offers its livestock conditions comparable to those a luxury apartment provides for man. Cows and sheep need but a simple pen surrounded by mountains and stars.