For our milk to be called organic, it has to be produced according to a number of legally-binding rules; rules that not only ensure high animal welfare, but also guide farming best practice. Each year our farms are independently audited to ensure they maintain their organic certification.
As a result, you can trust the following good things happen... on our milk’s journey from grass to glass.
Our organic dairy farmers produce milk without the use of artificial and potentially harmful chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides. GMOs are banned.
Research has shown that no system of farming has milk with higher nutrient levels, especially omega-3 fatty acids that can provide powerful health benefits for body and brain.
Getting the best milk starts with happy, healthy cows and ours spend as much time as possible outside – on average over 200 days and nights a year – eating a natural, grass-based, 100% organic diet.
They spend most of their time roaming, eating and dozing, and only come in when the weather’s bad. They don’t like being out in the rain any more than we do and, when inside, have plenty of room in well-aired barns, with comfortable bedding.
Putting animal welfare first
Our cows are never pushed beyond their natural limits and have a daily routine designed to give them an enjoyable, higher-quality life. As social animals, they are milked in their friendship groups and at the same time of day, so they feel relaxed.
Living a more natural, carefree life minimises stress and creates a more pleasant environment both for them and all who work on the farm.
Protecting wildlife and the environment
Our farmers care passionately for the environment and work with nature to encourage maximum biodiversity, reducing pollution and the release of greenhouse gases.
Their farms are havens for local wildlife and these, along with crops, are nurtured as natural assets to feed the land and help prevent illness on the farm.
Reduced exposure to antibiotics
Routine use of antibiotics on our farms is banned, so the risk of the spread of antibiotic resistant bugs is reduced.
In addition, we have a growing number of farmers who now rear their animals without any need for antibiotics. Our farmers are always looking to minimise inputs and, through preventative measures and close attention to detail, are achieving this.
Meet one of our members, John Pitts from Woodhorn Farm, and listen to what he has to say on organic dairy farming: