What Country Makes the Best Grassfed Whey?
The Quick Answer: Ireland produces the best-grassfed whey protein for five reasons -
- Ireland Has The Best Grassfed Climate (Temperature)
- Ireland Has The Most Consistent & Plentiful Rain
- Ireland Has The Cleanest Coastal Air
- Ireland Has The Best Alkaline Soil for Growing Lush Nutrient Pastures
- Ireland Makes the Best Grassfed Dairy with the Best Grasslands
The Ideal Temperature -
Ireland’s climate provides the perfect conditions to grow grass and with incredible consistency. Ireland boasts mild winters and summers, with little variance year to year, and made beautiful feeling all the time via the perennial gulf stream and consistent rainfall. With the temperatures typically ranging from 40⁰–50⁰F in winter and 60⁰–70⁰F in summer, the cows have the freedom to graze outdoors for most of the year comfortably; On average,> 320 days per year dictated mostly by inclement weather more so than temperatures.
What’s the Best Type of Grass for Grassfed Whey?
The perennial rye-grass (“Lolium Perenne”) endemic to south Ireland, albeit slowly, continues to grow even at 0°C ( 32°F). In comparison, optimal grass growth rates begin closer to 5°C (41°F) and warmer. Irish rye-grass grows all year during all seasons.
Consistent Rainfall -
Ireland’s plentiful precipitation is one of its most valuable natural resources as far as dairy cows are concerned.
What’s the Best Grassfed Whey from Sustainable Farms?
Thanks to the country’s coastal location and the mild climate, our farms do not need mechanical irrigation. No irrigation equipment translates into no energy exhausted by our farms to water the pastures. With climate change impacting water supplies and rain patterns all over the world, our farms are among only a handful of farms on the planet that doesn’t have to unnaturally pump water from elsewhere to keep the earth hydrated in times of drought. In the South East region of the island, January kicks each year off with ~ 27 inches of rainfall. As summer approaches, this rate slowly decreases to the year lows of an on average 22 inches of rain before picking back up to increased levels of 25 inches in time for the end of year holidays.
The Cleanest Air -
Ireland is not only known for fresh, clean air; it is one of the lowest emitters of carbon in the world certified by the Carbon Trust. By sourcing our whey from truly grass-fed, pastured farms, the carbon footprint is minimal.
Why are Grassfed Dairy Farms Good for the Environment?
Our cows live and graze outside where they thrive, eliminating the need for wasteful energy spent on fans, or air conditioning. Furthermore, these immense grasslands convert vast amounts of CO2 into oxygen every day, cleaning the air naturally and positively impacting our environment.
The Soil -
Limestone soils are one of Ireland’s most significant assets, and they are the foundation for an honest and consistent grass-fed diet. Lime is a natural neutralizing agent, and it is massively beneficial to grass growth, keeping the pH from getting too acidic.
Even the most premium grass-fed whey products available can’t compete with Ireland’s alkaline soil. The natural limestone soils allow the naturally high precipitation to feed the grasslands without the pH dropping. Dairy farms in the U.S.A that are predominantly considered “grass-fed” are found in the Eastern, Southeastern, and the Pacific Northwest parts of the country, where the annual rainfall is sufficient to grow enough grass to support their herds. However, the soil makeup in the majority of states known in the USA for their grassfed dairy products like California and Wisconsin is highly acidic, especially after heavy rain.
The same rain that makes it possible to sustain a grass-fed diet for these farms also leaches away the alkaline elements of the earth over time, yielding a grass system built upon naturally acidic soil.
Is Grassfed Whey from Ireland or California Better?
Quick Answer: Ireland Grassfed Whey is Superior.
Acidic soil forces the farmer’s hand to add nutrients to correct the pH balance manually. These chemicals lead to inconsistent deposits of alkaline elements and, in turn, variants in the grass makeup, not to mention the energy exhausted (carbon footprint) on the execution of this mechanical irrigation.
When farmers intervene after heavy rain and support their grasses with alkaline chemicals, it comes at a price. This price is paid by the consumer in terms of unintentional heavy metals, making their way into your whey!
AGN Roots Grassfed Whey contains the lowest heavy metal concentrations in the industry because there are zero chemicals used in the processing of our grassfed whey isolate. We are talking about, from birth and earth to the world’s most excellent nutrient-rich milk, to whey protein and shaker bottle.
The Endless Grasslands -Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for excellent reason > 80% of the countryside is thick green grasslands. The yearly grass growth rate rivals the best on the planet. The Irish grasses exceed the European average by more than 33%. Our farms specifically cultivate the grass varieties that optimize nutrition and the ease of digestion (such as the addition of clover). It’s no wonder as to why our grassfed whey leads the industry in concentrations of the following:
- BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids)
- Cysteine (Glutathione Precursor)
- Whey Protein Macro-Nutrients Profile