Cow-to-Carton

To achieve our mission of bringing organic milk to mainstream America, Aurora Organic Dairy was established as an integrated company that both produces and processes milk. We own and manage many of the stages of milk production – from crops to cows to cartons. This not only allows us to focus on efficiencies, but also to ensure quality and traceability throughout the milk’s journey. We are proud of this model, and believe it is central to producing the highest quality organic dairy products.

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Our integrated organic dairy model starts with certified organic feed crops. In addition to the nearly 12,000 acres of certified organic pastures we manage for grazing our dairy cows, approximately 75,000 acres are are operated by more than 100 independent farmers who grow forages and other feed crops for our animals.

aod-family-buying-milkThe milk production stage includes seven organic dairy farms. We milk the cows two or three times each day and they produce high-quality raw milk, nearly all of which is shipped directly to our Platteville milk plant. For products other than white fluid milk, we ship the milk or cream to third-party facilities for processing.

We manage a complex system of logistics and utilization to ensure the milk is shipped from farm to plant, and quickly processed to maximize freshness and quality. The milk processing stage of our business starts when the raw milk is unloaded into silos at our milk plant. The milk is processed, pasteurized then homogenized into the different fat content and packaging requirements of each retail customer. This stage also involves the comprehensive quality and food safety testing that is completed by our on-site quality lab. Learn more about our high quality standards by visiting our 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report.