It is important to us that our cows live in a stress-free environment and that they are properly cared for in every way. Because in the summertime flies can be a huge problem on the farm and they can bite and agitate our girls, we use a spray that helps to keep the flies away. This spray, which is non-toxic to our girls, prevents our dairy from being certified organic. We have tried organic alternatives but unfortunately all methods have been ineffective.
We also use non-organic fertilizers for the grass. Fertilizer use is only environmentally problematic with improper usage, which leads to run-off and water pollution. Fortunately, our pastures act as a massive nutrient sponge, actually leading to less run-off than even most organic dairy farms.
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.
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!
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.