In July 2006 we decided to go organic. We were tired of the traditional dairy system. The competition for low prices forced us to use methods that we felt produced milk stripped of many of its natural benefits. The three year process of going organic allowed us to rethink our processes and shift our focus to producing high quality GMO-free milk from grass fed cows.
For 15 years Working Cows Dairy operated as a traditional commercial dairy farm. Following traditional methods we were milking as many as 700 cows 3 times a day. The more we thought about what we where doing, the less happy we were with the practices of traditional dairy farming.
The first step in the process for becoming an organic dairy was to eliminate chemicals, pesticides or herbicides from our fields. Our fields are planted with select grasses that thrive naturally in this area and are blended to provide the best nutritional value for the cows. Plus they love it! We call it our grass buffet.
Second, the cows must become certified. After being 2 years deep into the transition period our cows will go through their change. They will be fed all organic feed and also be treated with organic "medicine".