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Just like most of us delight in the first fresh produce from our gardens and farmer’s markets in the spring, cows are excited to go back to the new green grass in the pasture. It’s one of the awesome benefits to being a cow living on an organic dairy farm.
In June 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program began requiring organic dairy and beef cattle to graze pasture at least 120 days per year. To do this effectively—without compromising the nutrients in the grass and the health of the land, farmers must have a pasture management plan, effectively managing grass as any other crop to meet the feed requirements.
Most of our farmers adhere to traditional Amish and Mennonite practices—many do not use electricity and manage their land with traditional farming techniques employed by their community for generations. Many non-organic factory farms use very modern technology, science and drugs to “push” cattle to make them more productive. Frankly, our farmers use grass, not only because it required per the organic regulations, but it is much better for the cow and great for the land of rural Iowa.
At Farmers Creamery, we utilize as much of our waste and by products as possible. One example actually resulted in a delicious Kalona SuperNatural product, Buttermilk. We make our Reduced Fat 2% Sweet Cream Buttermilk produced the old-fashioned way—using every drop of the sweet cream buttermilk byproduct from our artisan butter making process.
At all of our facilities we encourage employees and guests to recycle all cardboard, plastic, and paper. We make this easy by having recycling receptacles placed in multiple areas of the facilities. Also, Kalona SuperNatural product packing is also recyclable.