The Glanbia Ireland farmer cooperative raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) dairy cattle on independent farms across 21 counties on the eastern seaboard of Ireland. The network of 4,800-farmers annually processes over two billion liters of milk, almost one-third of Ireland’s milk pool, into a range of ingredients—from branded cheese and butter through to the infant, sports, clinical and nutrition markets. Glanbia Ireland brings Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW cheeses and butters marketed under the Truly Grassfed seal to the North American marketplace.
The cows managed on farms that are part of the Glanbia Ireland cooperative 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 properly fertilized and minimizes the build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments.
“The Glanbia Ireland cooperative of farmers holds a deep passion for the power of pasture-based farm management and was looking for a trusted third-party, high-welfare certification to support the brand,” explains Nicola O’Connell, Glanbia Ireland’s Head of Marketing. “With pioneering spirit and an innate connection to the land, every one of our dairy farmers is now audited for compliance to world-renowned welfare standards by a Greener World.”
“We are delighted to work closely with Irish farmers and their cooperative, Glanbia Ireland,” says Wayne Copp, Executive Director for A Greener World Europe. “Their vision and enthusiasm for sustainable farming and high standards of animal welfare has impressed us from the very start of this project. To be part of bringing a suite of products to consumers carrying the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW seal—where they can make a positive choice—is particularly special.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW products from the Glanbia Cooperative can be found across North America. Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW cheddar cheeses and butters marketed under the Truly Grassfed brand can be located by visiting Truly Grassfed’s store locator.