Organic Grass Fed Whey - Irish Whey
Ireland takes the lead in producing top-quality grass-fed dairy, including whey protein, for the following reasons:
- Optimal Climate: Ireland benefits from an ideal grass-fed climate with suitable temperatures and humidity.
- Reliable Rainfall: The country boasts a consistent and abundant rainfall pattern, ensuring a steady water supply for the lush pastures.
- Pristine Coastal Air: Ireland claims the cleanest coastal air globally, contributing to the purity of its dairy production.
- Rich Alkaline Soil: The nutrient-rich, alkaline soil in Ireland facilitates the growth of vibrant, nutrient-packed pastures, eliminating the need for chemical rebalancing. It helps that Ireland is an island marbled with limestone.
- Superior Cattle Selection: Ireland employs a mix of Friesian and Jersey crossbreeds, ensuring the finest grass-fed dairy cattle for optimal results.
- Rigorous Grass Fed Quality Standards: Ireland's National Food Board, Bord Bia, has achieved the gold standard in grass-fed production, as recognized by INAB (Ireland's Accreditation Board) since November 2019. For more insights into the sustainable aspect of Bord Bia, watch the concise video below, presented by Origin Green.
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Ireland's climate offers the ideal environment for cultivating grass with remarkable reliability. The country enjoys consistently mild winters and summers, thanks to the ever-present Gulf Stream and dependable rainfall. This results in a perpetually pleasant atmosphere.
During winter, temperatures usually range between 40⁰F and 50⁰F, while summer temperatures range from 60⁰F to 70⁰F. This moderate climate allows cows to graze comfortably outdoors for the majority of the year—more than 320 days on average. Their grazing routine is primarily influenced by inclement weather rather than temperature fluctuations.
What Type of Grass Supports the Irish Grass-Fed Dairy Industry?
The perennial rye-grass, known as "Lolium Perenne," native to southern Ireland, maintains its growth even at freezing temperatures of 0°C (32°F). In contrast, the most favorable grass growth rates commence at approximately 5°C (41°F) and above.
Irish rye-grass exhibits year-round growth, thriving throughout all seasons. Abundant rainfall in Ireland stands as one of its most precious natural assets, particularly in the context of dairy cattle.
Sustainable Farm Fed Whey
A GREENER Nutrition (AGN) exclusively sources from sustainable farms. Thanks to the favorable geographical location and mild climate of our farms, there is no need for mechanical irrigation. The absence of irrigation equipment means our farms don't expend energy on watering the pastures.
Amidst global shifts in water supply and precipitation patterns due to climate change, our farms are a rarity. Unlike many others, we don't rely on artificial water pumping during droughts to maintain soil moisture.
In the South East region of the island, each year starts off with around 27 inches of rainfall in January. As summer approaches, this rate gradually decreases to an average of 22 inches, reaching its lowest point for the year. Rainfall then rises again to approximately 25 inches, coinciding with the end-of-year holiday season.
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Ireland's reputation extends beyond its pristine air quality—it also stands out as one of the world's lowest carbon emitters.
Through our selection of Truly GrassꞏFed™ pastured farms as our whey source, we contribute to minimal carbon emissions, aligning with the goals of both A Greener World (a non-profit organization) and Origin Green (the sustainability arm of Bord Bia).
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Grass Fed Whey Protein Good for the Environment?
Certainly. Our cows flourish by living and grazing outdoors, eliminating the necessity for energy-intensive fans or air conditioning.
Moreover, these expansive grasslands play a crucial role by converting substantial quantities of CO2 into oxygen on a daily basis. This natural process cleanses the air and yields positive environmental benefits.
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Limestone soils stand as one of Ireland's valuable assets, forming the bedrock of a reliable and authentic grass fed diet. The presence of lime, a natural neutralizing agent, plays a pivotal role in promoting robust grass growth by maintaining a balanced pH level and preventing excessive acidity.
Even the most exceptional grass fed whey products on the market fall short when compared to Ireland's alkaline soil. The inherent limestone soils enable the abundant rainfall to nourish the grasslands while preventing a drop in ph.
In the United States, the 1% of dairy farms that predominantly identify as "grass fed" are situated in the Eastern, Southeastern, and Pacific Northwest regions. These areas receive ample annual rainfall to sustain sufficient grass growth for their herds.
However, in several states celebrated for their grass-fed dairy offerings, like California and Wisconsin, the soil composition leans heavily towards acidity, especially following intense rainfall. To counteract this acidification and restore soil balance, farmers are compelled to manually introduce alkaline substances to the land. Unfortunately, this practice can result in severe and adverse consequences.
The same rainfall that sustains a grass-fed diet for these farms also leads to the gradual erosion of alkaline components from the soil, resulting in grass systems rooted in naturally acidic terrain.
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Irish whey surpasses whey sourced from California in numerous aspects, making it the premier choice for grass-fed dairy production worldwide. This excellence can be attributed to a multitude of factors.
In contrast, California struggles to secure a position in our top 5 list of premier grass-fed dairy producers globally, owing to its unpredictable climate and acidic soils.
It's worth mentioning countries known for their exceptional grass-fed dairy products, including:
- New Zealand
The presence of acidic soil compels farmers to manually introduce nutrients to rectify pH imbalances. However, this reliance on chemicals leads to uneven distribution of alkaline elements and consequently, variations in the composition of the grass. Additionally, the energy expended (resulting in a carbon footprint) for implementing this mechanical irrigation process cannot be overlooked.
When farmers intervene post-heavy rainfall to supplement their grasses with alkaline chemicals, it comes with a cost. This cost is borne by consumers in the form of unintended heavy metal residues finding their way into whey products.
AGN Roots Grassfed Whey stands apart due to its industry-leading minimal heavy metal content. This achievement is attributed to our commitment to chemical-free processing of grass-fed whey isolate, as well as refraining from chemical usage on our land.
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Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate #1 Ranked
Ireland earned its moniker as the Emerald Isle with good reason—over 80% of its landscape comprises lush, vibrant grasslands. The annual growth rate of this grass rivals the best on a global scale.
Irish grass growth rate surpass the European average by an impressive 33% or more. Our farms intentionally cultivate grass varieties that optimize both nutrition and ease of digestion, including the addition of clover for natural nitrogen rebalancing.
Unsurprisingly, our grass-fed whey sets the industry standard in concentrations of the following key elements:
- BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids)
- Cysteine (Precursor to Glutathione)
- Whey Protein Macro-Nutrient Profile
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