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Our Organic Dairy Cows

Organic Holstein cow out on pasture.

The quality of life of our cows is very important to us. We treat them as best as we can, respect them, and also have great affection for them. A Straus cow’s life isn’t all that complicated. When the weather allows it, they spend the day out on pasture, overlooking Tomales Bay. At night and in wet or winter weather, our cows sleep in an open barn in open stalls that are fitted with cushioned cow mats and natural bedding.

Our cows are in a closed herd, to avoid the risk of infections from outside, and they are never treated with hormones or antibiotics. Their balanced, vegetarian diet consists mostly of fresh pasture grasses, silage and hay, as well as feeds that are 100% certified organic and Verified Non-GMO. Cows are milked twice a day and then walk to an open barn to eat.

Organic milk is the foundation for everything we make, from our Organic, Cream-Top Milk to our Super-Premium, Organic Ice Cream and European-Style, Organic Butter. 

Organic milk comes from organic cows and federal regulations and requirements are strict. Treating cows with hormones, including Bovine Growth Hormone, rBGH, is strictly forbidden under organic law. We do not use any herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers, ever. We haven't used any since the 1980s, long before we formally converted to organic.

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