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.