For dairy herds to produce certified organic milk, they must be maintained on an organic dairy farm certified under the USDA National Organic Program’s rigorous standards. Animals must be managed organically for at least a year prior to producing certified organic milk. During the transition, her feed – including pasture during the grazing season – must be organic.
Organic cows cannot be treated with any antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones (rBGH or rBST). At Aurora Organic Dairy, we focus on preventing illness and disease (to avoid illness and minimize treatment), and maintaining a high level of cleanliness throughout our facilities to help ensure the herds stay healthy.
For crops and pasture to be certified organic, the land must undergo a three-year transition period. During this time, farms cannot use substances prohibited by the USDA National Organic Program, including synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. Additionally, organic crops cannot be irradiated or treated with sewage sludge, or come from genetically modified seed stock.
Once certified organic, farms manage soil fertility using cultivation practices, crop rotations and compost. Crop pests, weeds and diseases are controlled using physical, mechanical and biological means compliant with organic standards.
Feed that is certified organic is produced without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers. No toxic sewage sludge. No GMO seed stock or GMO treated seed is allowed.
Organic livestock receive at least 30% of their dry matter intake from organic certified pasture for a minimum of 120 days during the grazing season.
Organic cows consume organic feed and pasture. They are never treated with antibiotics and are never given synthetic growth hormones, or other unapproved substances.