At Aurora Organic Dairy, it is our goal to contribute to a thriving organic dairy industry for generations to come. As pioneers in the organic dairy community, we helped to develop many of the production, processing and animal welfare protocols used in the organic dairy industry today, and we believe it is our responsibility to continue to contribute to the industry we helped to establish and grow over the last 20 years.
One of the ways we do this is through academic research. Our farms frequently participate in academic and science-based research on animal health and treatment in an organic dairy system, including studies related to dairy farm worker health, decreasing the mortality rate of organic-born calves, animal housing and organic-approved methods for common dairy cattle health issues, such as mastitis, microbes, uterine flush and others.
Our farms serve as teaching facilities for hands-on learning in veterinarian programs. Aurora Organic Dairy and our company’s founders have also funded research projects for the organic dairy industry with leading universities, including Colorado State University, the University of Michigan and the University of New Hampshire. These projects include studies on soil fertility and crops, energy use and emissions and organic dairy farming.
We work with our academic researchers to share the findings with the broader organic dairy community, furthering the continuous improvement goals that are a critical component of the organic movement.