Think of organic as a guaranteed standard.
For a product to be called organic, it has to be produced according to a number of rules that define a minimum standard (defined in EU law, not just what we think). The rules provide for high welfare standards, and the practice of keeping cows housed all year round is banned. Organic cows must eat a natural, grass-based 100% organic diet, and not pushed beyond their natural limits.
As a result, we believe the milk we produce is the most pure and natural you can find, all the way from grass to glass.
Our farms are positive, encouraging places that work with, not against, nature. Crops and local wildlife are nurtured and used as natural assets to feed the land and prevent illness on the farm. Our cows are free-range. They spend most of their time roaming, eating and dozing outdoors, and only come in when the weather’s bad.
When you buy organic milk you are guaranteed:
Our cows have a daily routine designed to give them a higher-quality life.
We stand by this principle – getting the best milk starts with happy, healthy cows. One of the ways we keep our cows content is by giving them a routine that they enjoy.
Our cows spend as much time as possible outside, grazing on rich pastures. In bad weather they can come indoors. It’s important that, wherever they are, they are comfortable with their surroundings. They spend a lot of their day lying down, chewing the cud and resting – this is always a good sign that the cows are content.
Cows naturally form social groups of about 40 and they like socialising with the same cows each day. Our farmers can recognise these groups and will milk them together.
When the weather’s cold and wet, we bring our cows inside – they don’t like to be out in the rain any more than we do. It’s harder for cows to get enough energy from their food when they are outdoors in wet weather because the grass contains more water than usual and so isn’t as nutritious. That’s another reason to bring them in and feed them ourselves.
We shelter our cows in large barns, where as organic cows they must have plenty of room to move around and communicate with each other. Each barn is well aired, with comfortable bedding. Some even have mattresses on the floor to make lying down even more cosy.
The main interruption to the cow’s day is milking. Depending on the farm, this can be done once, twice or even three times a day. Milking always happens at the same time: cows have a good natural body clock, so by having a regular structure to their day they know exactly what to expect and when to expect it.
Letting cows live a more natural life minimises stress to the animal and creates a more pleasant environment for them and everyone who works on the farm. It means, when you buy organic milk, you know it is coming from farms where animal welfare always comes first.