Here are some common questions that are often asked about our cows and farm.
1. Are your cows have access to pasture? yes they do. They are actually pasture kept. They have access to shelter, but we prefer to let them choose. We keep the sheds bedded with straw, soybean vines or corn fodder. We do have stalls but they are mainly used for maternity purposes. They also have free access to water. We have waterers out in the field, as well as in the sheds.
2. Are your cows grass fed? Yes they are. Since they are on pasture 24/7, they have unlimited pasture grass. However in the winter grass in our area goes dormant for the winter. Our feed changes to the grass feeds we were able to put up during the summer. Grass hay, alfalfa hay, corn silage, and even the little bit of grain we feed is grown on the farm and are all really grasses.
3. Are you organic? No we are not and we do not plan on it. Our crops are grown to feed our cows, and those are not certified organic. We also want the right to give antibiotics if needed. We don’t like to a try not to use antibiotics. However in organic dairying if a cow is given antibiotics, they need to leave the farm. It is the standard in the American Dairy Industry and our regulations that any milk for human consumption is NOT mixed with those treated with antibiotics.