Happy Cows Make the Most Nutritious Milk - Fact
We believe our cows’ quality of life directly translates into producing the highest quality grassfed milk which becomes evident within our Whey. Our cows spend most of their lives outdoors (~90% of the year driven most by inclement weather) enjoying Ireland’s clean & fresh gulf stream air. The temperate climate keeps them in nature and out of forced ventilation, which can lead to the spread of unnecessary infection and stress. In comparison to the typical nutrient rich grain-fed cows who are milked up to 4 times a day, our grass-fed cows are milked twice-daily. Not only does this reduce stress on each individual cow, but also drastically reduces the chances of logistical injuries.
Common Sense - The Body Works Best When It's Happy!
The findings and studies are endless, however at the end of the day, it simply makes sense, our bodies operate best when stresses are low and our physiological needs are met and the stability of these needs are achieved. Unlike global diary factories (CAFOs - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), our animals live full lives often 20+ years; consistency is king when it comes to quality production of milk. Our cows have line of sight to food, water, bedding, and most importantly each other; they bask daily in routine that is predictable and safe. Science References - See Below
Small Herds with Big BondsOur cows are raised in small herds on small family farms. Each cow is known by name by their caretakers. The present-day expression of the craft of dairy farming passed down through generations of masters and animals living and growing together in an all-but-lost symbiotic art. Animal welfare is truly at a premium on Irish farms. Our cows enjoy a slow, predictable routine tended by familiar stewards on each farm. This low-stress lifestyle ensures consistency of our product, by ensuring consistent roots.
Soft GrazingDairy cows are docile creatures who enjoy walking short distances at time. Smaller farms mean the cows simply walk shorter distances from grazing to the milking parlor. This practice is critical to ensuring comfort and lowers risk of injury. Natural sunlight and mist-soaked strolls on the soft soil (versus concrete on conventional farms) keep cows at ease and reduce undue strain on their bodies. Our cows dine on a diet of at least 95% grass with a little added clover for nutrition. This other 5% (or less) comes from concentrates to enhance specific nutrients for our cows at key stages in the year, such as late gestation and early lactation, akin to what we do for our own health as humans.
Cows are ruminants, which means their stomachs have four compartments. Diets of corn, cereals and concentrate feed can cause dietary upset for ruminants, whereas grass provides a highly digestible and nutritionally complete form of nourishment. Adding small amounts of clover to their diet further facilitates consistent digestive health. Science shows that milk protein yield & content both increase linearly as the ratio of a dairy cow's diet of fresh grasses to corn silage (feed) increases.
Better Diet (More Grass) - Happier Gut - Better Milk - The Best Grassfed Whey
A Rumen stomach prefers a grass diet over all others. The grasses work with the 4 chambers that make up the ruminants gut (Reticulum, Rumen, Omasum and Abomasum) and optimizes best the chemicals needed to turn organic plant tissue into concentrated proteins and fats. The efficiency of the grasses on the stomach and the concentration of nutrients produced greatly outperform the yield of a cow forced fed on a TMRS - Total Mixed Ration System (i.e. concentrates, feeds, corn silage etc...) which in North America is the most common system used with feed lots. The geography of the USA simply doesn't compete with the likes of a New Zealand or Ireland when it comes to the ability to grow and sustain lush GREEN PASTURES year round to supply an unabated demand for cold delicious milk.
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