Emily Macdonald, with the help of her husband Jim, raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by…
Free Range Dairies, LLC, raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW dairy cattle on multiple farms in Southwest Missouri.
The cows managed on farms that are part of Free Range Dairies, LLC are rotationally managed, grazing one section of pasture before being moved to fresh fields. This type of management allows grass to recover before cows return to graze again; it also keeps the soil to be properly fertilized and minimizes the build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments.
For Free Range Dairies, LLC, pasture-based management is key for their operation because it benefits the health and welfare of the cattle, and it can be replicated on all farms in their program. Pasture-based management focuses on rotational grazing to provide the best outcomes for cattle and pastures. In addition to pasture-based management, breed of the dairy cows is important as well. Farms in Free Range Dairies, LLC specifically use New Zealand genetics, and most cattle are a cross between Friesian and New Zealand Jersey cows, two breeds well-suited for grass-based, seasonal systems.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW milk from Free Range Dairies, LLC is currently marketed under the Zeal Grass Milk brand and is available in the Chicago area. Zeal Grass Milk comes in two popular flavors—whole and chocolate—with more on the way. For a list of vendors carrying Zeal Grass Milk in the Chicago area visit AGW’s online directory. For more information on Zeal Grass Milk visit zealgrassmilk.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.