Dairy farmers can tell if a cow is milked with a hormone called recombinant bovine growth hormone, which is used in the production of some commercial milk.
They can also test for milk protein in the cow.
However, the hormone can be harmful to the cow if it’s in too high levels, experts say.
Here’s how to tell.
What you need to know about bovines’ growth hormone: The hormone is made by the cows.
It is used to increase milk production by stimulating growth in the milk glands.
When cows are raised on an artificial feed, the hormones are added.
When these hormones are fed to the cows, they are able to produce more milk.
The cows get some of the hormones from the feed.
If a cow’s milk is contaminated with the hormone, the milk may contain harmful levels of it, experts warn.
Bovine hormones are injected into the cow’s cow’s digestive tract and enter the cow through its anus.
The hormone causes the cow to contract and contractle.
Once contracted, it stimulates the cow muscles to grow, producing milk.
What to know before you buy milk from your local farmer: Read labels on milk containers and check the milk for the presence of recombinant hormones.
This may be a sign that the milk is not cow-sourced or is produced in a factory, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Check the milk package and milk package labels for the term “milk pasteurized.”
This indicates that the cow is treated with pasteurization before being fed the milk.
Some companies use pasteurizing methods to make milk, which can cause milk to be contaminated with recombinant hormone.
You can also check the health records of the cow or the cow-mother for signs of a bacterial infection or any other problems.
Read labels about what’s in the pasteurized milk, and if you suspect that the pasteurized milk is tainted with recombinated hormones, ask the cow farmer for a full milk and health check.