Category: Farms

What is holistic grazing or managed grazing?

Managed grazing means that the farmer plans, times, and moves their cows through many paddocks to where grass is the lushest and most optimal for milk production. The cows have lots of room to wander around, looking for the best plants to munch on, and they always have a fluffy

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What farms does your milk come from?

As of 2018, our Milkshed has grown to over 200 100% grass-fed family farms. About half of our farms are Amish farms. All of our farms are small and independent, with herds ranging from 10 to 190 milk cows. Please visit the Farms section of our site if you’re interested

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What breeds / kinds of cows live on your farms?

Our farms raise breeds of cows that traditionally thrive on a pasture-based diet, including Jersey cows, Jersey crosses, Devon crosses, Dutch Belts, and even some smaller Holsteins. Dharma Lea, our lead dairy farm also raises Ohonte cattle, a dairy breed they have developed over the last decade. Their Ohonte bulls,

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Is the grass on your farms 100% organic?

Yes. The land our cows graze must be pesticide/herbicide and GMO free for three full years before it can be certified organic by an organic certification group, like the USDA Organic and PCO Organic, which also offers 100% grass-fed certification. Farmers must re-certify each year, with an inspector visiting each

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Is 100% grass-fed dairy farming better for the environment?

Compared to confinement and industrial farming, 100% grass-fed organic dairy production is better for the environment because animals walking and feeding on grazing land create a positive environmental impact (on soils, manure management, water conservation and animal welfare) when compared with the large extensions of monoculture (corn and soybeans) needed

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How are cows on your farms treated?

Cows who live on 100% grass-fed organic dairy farms have very different lives than cows on large, industrial dairies. In general, their living conditions are more comfortable (pasture, sun, and grazing vs. being confined in a feeding barn). Most of the cows have names and the farmers know all of

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Do grazing cows restore the land?

In our system, they do, for the most part. Under the correct stock ratio of cows per acre and the right rotation system soils under pasture do get restored over time, bringing the ecosystem back to a balance: soils regain the right physical, chemical and biological characteristics, animal and plant

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