The Pasture Grass
Essentially, we are grass farmers that also milk cows. M.I.G. (management intensive grazing) has been the focus of our family farm for many years. Our farms are modeled after New Zealand dairy operations using pasture almost exclusively, giving cows the right grass at the right stage of growth. This strategy allows the cows unlimited access to fresh nutritious pasture after every milking.
We manage our pastures with intensive rotational grazing management to ensure the highest possible forage quality. Being 100% grass-fed results in lower production per cow, but improves overall herd health and produces impeccable milk quality. We get up to twelve years of milk production per cow compared to three to four years with conventional dairy practices. When our own lush pasture grass is not available during winter months, we purchase certified organic hay from Simon Family Farms in Fairfied, ID – our supplier for the past 30 years.
We have been using organic methods for more than two decades and became certified in 2005. No chemical fertilizers or chemicals are ever used on our pastures which consist of a salad bar mix of grasses, clover, alfalfa and chicory. Fresh clean water is piped to all of our pastures and the cows have access to minerals and salts at all times.
Being 100% grass-fed results in lower production per cow, but improves overall herd health and produces impeccable milk quality.