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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q:  How long do your cows live?

A:  The average life span of a dairy cow is 6-8 years.  They are bred every 13 months and most have a baby calf every year.  Our aim is that every cow on the farm lives the longest, healthiest and most productive life as possible.

 

Q:  How much do your cows weigh?

A:  The average dairy cow weighs approximately 1,400 pounds, though some can weigh more than a ton!

 

Q:  How much do your cows eat?

A:  Dairy cows consume about 100 to 110 pounds of feed (e.g., hay, grass, grain) every day.  This is about 50 pounds of feed on a dry matter basis.  Furthermore, the average cow drinks from 25 to 50 gallons of water each day — about a bathtub’s worth.

 

Q:  Where are calves born and how are they handled?
A:  We monitor cows throughout the day before, during and after the birthing period.  In fact, video surveillance cameras help monitor the cows to make sure we assist with calvings and lives, healthy babies (calves) are born.  We provide a clean, dry, well-lit, and well-ventilated separate calving area to ensure comfortable, safe and hygienic conditions for both mother and calf.

 

Q:  Why don't you produce organic milk?

A:  It is very costly for dairy farmers to follow the government standards that are required to receive the “certified-organic” label.  Organic farming is a management style, and some people choose to purchase organic milk to show support for organic farming practices. The type of milk you choose is a matter of personal preference as all milk is nutritious and wholesome.  We are a conventional dairy producer.

 

Q:  What is the difference between "regular" milk and organic milk?

A:  There is no difference between organic and regular milk. Both contain the same unique package of nutrients that makes dairy products an important part of a healthy diet. An 8-ounce serving of organic or regular milk offers the same amount of nine essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

 

Q:  Is organic milk safer than conventional milk?

A:  No. Strict government standards ensure that regular milk is just as pure, safe and nutritious as organic milk. According to USDA and the American Dietetic Association (ADA), conventionally produced food is equally as safe as organically produced food. (view more info)

 

Q:  What happens to the cow manure?

A:  We spread the manure on crop fields according to detailed nutrient management plans. These plans take into account the types of soil on the farm, the terrain of the fields, soil moisture levels, and the amount of nutrients the next crop on that field will need. One benefit of fertilizing the soil with cow manure is to help conserve water.  When manure is used as a soil treatment, the water-holding capacity of soil is increased by 20 percent, resulting in reduced groundwater needed to grow crops.