faq

Q: What is New Zealand Style Cream Top Yogurt?

A: Cream top yogurt is yogurt made with unhomogenized milk. A layer of cream rises to the top, forming a rich yogurt cream. New Zealand Style refers to our dairy practices, meaning we rotationally graze and have an open barn for milking like dairies in New Zealand.

Q: Why does your New Zealand Style Cream Top Yogurt need to be kept upright?

A: Because Dreaming Cow doesn't believe in using additives or stabilizers, it's important for our Cream Top Yogurt to remain upright otherwise the cream top can get damaged. While this doesn't impact the safety of the yogurt for eating, it disturbs the creamy goodness that is the top layer, making it less fun to eat.

Q: What are the Dreaming Cow flavors?

A: We currently offer seven unique and innovative flavors of our New Zealand Style Cream Top Yogurts. These include All-Natural Plain, Vanilla Agave, Maple Ginger, Honey Pear, Strawberry Pomegranate, Blueberry Cardamom and Dark Cherry Chai. We are always taking recommendations of new flavor options, so send them in!

Q: How long does my Dreaming Cow yogurt keep after it has been opened?

A: Dreaming Cow is made with a 50 day shelf life, and we have tested it up to 80 days consistently. Once opened we recommend eating the yogurt within seven days as long as it is properly sealed while being stored in the refrigerator.

Q: What are some ingredients that WON'T be found in any Dreaming Cow products?

A: Dreaming Cow believes in wholesome ingredients, and does not use stabilizers, gums, additives, rBST and rBGH added hormones, or refined sugars in any of our dairy products.

Q: Does Dreaming Cow contain any artificial sweeteners?

A: No, our yogurt is 100% all natural- just sweetened with our flavorful ingredients and non-processed sugar.

Q: Is Dreaming Cow gluten-free?

A: Yes, none of our products contain gluten.

Q: Do Dreaming Cow products contain live bacteria?

A: Yes, all of our flavors contain live, active cultures: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus & bifidus. These are added after the heating process.

Q: How do Dreaming Cow products contribute to the wellbeing of the environment?

A: We do everything we can to produce environmentally friendly products. Our new yogurt cups use 40 percent less plastic than a conventional 6 ounce cup and is held together via a recyclable cardboard labels.

Our farms are constantly sequestering carbon into the soil as organic matter and humus, leading to enormously nutrient dense, biologically active pastures that actually improve the land over time instead of bleeding away the nutritive value as many agricultural have done in the past.

Q: What does it mean to be a grass-fed dairy company?

A: We put an emphasis on our milk's quality, not quantity. Our grazing dairies are unique in that because of our location, we are able to graze high quality grasses all year round- having a wonderful effect on the milk quality and taste, and thus on the yogurt we provide to you! Not only is it higher in vitamins and contains omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed cows' milk has up to five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than grain-fed. Note to self: Grass fed milk fat is really good for me.

Q: What is CLA?

A: Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA, is a cancer fighting fatty acid that is only found in grass fed beef or dairy products, and just one more great reason to eat Dreaming Cow. In one French study, women with the most CLA tissue had a 74 percent lower risk of breast cancer than the women with the least!

Q: What is the difference between grain-fed and grass-fed cows?

A: 90 percent of the cows in the US are raised in confinement and are fed unnatural, high-energy grain diet. Not ours. Grain-fed cows usually live indoors, often on concrete or dirt. In addition to being fed heavy grain diets, they may receive growth hormones and regular antibiotics as well.

Dreaming Cow is proud to ensure our cows live long healthy lives free of added hormones and on green pastures all year long. While a grain-fed diet allows cows to make about twice as much milk as grass-fed cows, this dilutes the milk's vitamin content. Grass-fed milk has an ideal ratio of the essential fatty acids, omega-3s, and omega-6s. Grain-fed milk doesn't have much (if any) omega-3 fatty acids!

Q: What is different about the way you treat your cows?

A: Our cows are never housed in barns and live on expertly managed grasslands year round. The low stress lifestyle, coupled with a natural, grass based diet and the calm interaction with our farmers creates a wonderful life for them. A low stress cow not only ensures significantly less sickness and incidence of culling (removal from the milk herd), but the farmer is also better off.

During the summer time, a small volume of water is misted over top the grazing animals through a central irrigation system, effectively cooling the air around the cows by 15 to 20 degrees. The cows are also milked twice a day in a New Zealand style milking barn that contains no wall so they cows remain calm and don't feel confined.

Q: What breed are the Dreaming Cows?

A: Our cows are mostly Jersey genetics with many other breeds mixed in to add to the diversity of our cattle. Breeds you may find on our farm include Jersey, Holstein, New Zealand Friesian, Dutch Belted, and Brown Swiss.

Q: What does it mean to be "farmstead?"

A: Being farmstead means having complete control of our product. This starts with the soil our grass grows in, to the happiness and wellbeing of our milking girls, and all the way back to the freshness of milk we use for our yogurt.

Q: What is different in the way which Dreaming Cow products are made?

A: All of our development is done in-house (by us!) to reflect our values as processors and commitment to our craft and consumers. In fact, it is our supporter base that determines what the next Dreaming Cow flavor may be.

Q: How do we keep our soils so rich?

A: Simple. We use a no-till drill when planting our grasses. Leaving the soil undisturbed keeps in the nutrients and organic matter that is lost when soil is turned over.

Q: What is organic matter?

A: Organic matter consists of clumps of decaying plant matter, dirt, silt and clay which are held together by organic glues created by the soil life. Soil organic matter is extremely good at holding onto water and soil nutrients. The results of having high levels of soil organic matter in our soils means that far less nutrients are leached away off the farm into streams or even into the water table. The nutrients essentially keep the nutrients cycling on the farm like a closed system with very little soil erosion or run-off. In a mature pasture based biological grazing system, with cows fertilizing the soils with their own nutrient dense wastes, there are massive, thriving soil ecosystems consisting of bacteria, fungi, nematodes and insects. These ecosystems are in a constant state immobilizing nutrients as the soil life grows in population, and then releasing the nutrients to the grasses as the populations fluctuate back down.

Q: How long has Dreaming Cow been making yogurt?

A: Dreaming Cow started making yogurt in 2009, but our dairy roots go back much further. The Wehner family has been managing grass-fed dairy farms for over 20 years in South Georgia.

Q: Where is Dreaming Cow Located?

A: Dreaming Cow is located in Pavo, Georgia. Being in South Georgia, we have the opportunity to year-round, grass feed our cows since the weather is typically warm with plenty of rain for our grass, and, oh yeah, we don't get snow!

Q: Who manages Dreaming Cow?

A: All Dreaming Cow development is done in-house and directed by its founders, Kyle and Janelle Wehner. Al and Desiree Wehner help to manage the dairy with their 20-years-plus dairy farming experience.