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Cholov Yisroel = No rBST/rBGH??

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I am trying to reduce the amount of these hormones in our family's milk/dairy supplies. We are not strictly Cholov Yisroel and not planning on becoming so, but I seem to remember reading at some time that the cows in a Cholov Yisroel farm are not allowed to have such hormones as they cause problems that could "treif up" the cow (udder infections, etc). Am I remembering correctly? I would like to find more kosher cheeses that are rBGH/rBST free. We eat Tillamook kosher cheddar but the some of the kids want something more bland (feh).

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  1. I've never heard of such a thing as a requirement for cholov yisroel. cholov yisroel has nothing to do with hormones. Rumen shunts to relieve bloat, on the other hand, might be something that could be examined.

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    1. re: ganeden

      Yes, I know CY has nothing to do with hormones, but I remember that CY cows has a treifus problem a number of years ago and something about factory farming has something to do with it -- maybe that is what I remember... Thanks for your reply though :)

    2. There is no reason why CY should be less likely to use these hormones than any other milk; there is no kashrus (or health) reason to avoid them. However, as it happens at least one of the major CY companies advertises itself as free of them.