As a 100% dedicated organic milk producer, we follow the comprehensive USDA National Organic Program guidelines for the care and feeding of our animals. Our farms have always been certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program.
The ration of stored feed we provide to our cows is developed by a nutritionist and varies depending on the season and the production cycle of the cow. We grow some of our own organic feed, and we support more than 100 independent farmers, who manage more than 75,000 acres of organic farmland to grow livestock feed crops. All feed is certified organic by USDA-accredited certifiers, and is grown without the use of GMOs, synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. In addition to certified organic pasture forages from grazing, the feed rations include: organic alfalfa hay, grass hay, silages, corn, barley, wheat, soy bean meal, soy hulls and organic approved vitamin and mineral supplements.
Our farms are surrounded by more than 12,000 certified organic pasture and crop acres, and all cows older than 6 months receive a minimum 30% DMI from pasture during grazing season, which cannot be less than 120 days, as required by the organic regulations.
Our cows are not treated with artificial growth hormones or antibiotics. And, no GMOs, chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used on our pastures, or to grow the feed we purchase for our cows. For more information about the comprehensive requirements of organic certification, please visit the USDA National Organic Program.